In a tragic accident in Mount Vernon, Alabama, two teenagers died and two others were injured. The accident occurred when a teenager drive was going over the speed limit and tried to go around another vehicle. The driver, a 16-year-old girl, was attempting to go around a slower vehicle by going into the oncoming lane of traffic. She lost control of the vehicle and wasn’t able to re-correct, sending the car into a spin and eventually off the road.
After the vehicle spun, it eventually collided with a cluster of trees and landed in a drainage ditch. The vehicle had four teenagers in it, two of which were not wearing their seatbelts. Both of the teens that didn’t have their seatbelts on were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and the passenger that was in the front seat of the vehicle were taken to the University of South Alabama Medical Center and were believed not to have any severe injuries.
While, it’s never a guarantee that an accident won’t occur, there are steps that can be taken to protect your teen while driving. According to safecar.gov, there are five tips that every parent can give to their teenager to encourage safe driving. This government website tells parents to remind teens of the “5 To Drive” slogan which states the following:
- No phones while driving
- Don’t speed
- No extra passengers
- No drinking and driving
- Wear your seatbelt
If you or your teenager has been injured as a result of another’s negligence behind the wheel, you may have recourse to file a lawsuit. Please contact our Alabama car accident attorneys at Long & Long today to discuss your case. Call us at (251) 432-2277.