A recent motor vehicle crash in La Jolla highlights several important safety
concerns. More than 16 teenagers were crammed into a sport utility vehicle
when it rolled over on Muirlands Vista Way. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured.
According to San Diego police, the teens were on their way home from a
party when the driver of the Ford Expedition lost control while trying
to negotiate a curve. The vehicle is intended to seat seven people, and
the driver only had a provisional license. Driver inexperience and overloading
may have all contributed to the crash, which is still under investigation.
As San Diego injury lawyers, we hope this accident can serve as a teaching
tool for other teens. Motor-vehicle crashes remain the number one killer
of teens in the United States.
To prevent these tragic accidents, the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a new campaign that challenges parents to discuss
five critical driving practices with their teenage drivers. The new “5
to Drive” campaign includes the following five cardinal rules of
- No cell phone use or texting while driving,
- No extra passengers,
- No speeding,
- No alcohol, and
- No driving or riding without a seat belt.