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La Jolla Crash Highlights Teen Driving Risks

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 safe driving:

  • No cell phone use or texting while driving,
  • No extra passengers,
  • No speeding,
  • No alcohol, and
  • No driving or riding without a seat belt.