The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among teenagers aged 16 to 19 than among any other age group. In 2011 alone, 2,650 teens were killed in United States car accidents. Another 292,000 teens were injured. A number of factors increase teenager risk for motor vehicle crash. Studies show that teenagers are more likely than other age groups to underestimate dangerous situations. Teenagers are also more likely to speed and tailgate, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Additionally, only 55% of teenagers report always wearing a seat belt, which certainly increases the risk of fatal injuries. Underage drinking also severely increases the risk for crashes and personal injuries. But above all, inexperience increases the risk for fatal motor vehicle crashes.
A brother and sister duo were killed Monday night while returning home after high school soccer practice. Seventeen-year-old Peyton Spain was driving himself and his 15-year-old sister, Erin, home from school. They were riding along the familiar Alabama two-lane highway when Peyton suddenly lost control of the wheel. His Nissan Altima swerved off the road and then back across the double yellow-line. His vehicle drove into the path of an oncoming truck. The truck driver did not have time to react, and broadsided the Nissan Altima with the two teenagers inside.
Erin was pronounced dead at the scene. Peyton held on for several hours at the hospital before being pronounced dead shortly after 5:00 a.m.
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