Eight people were injured, among them five children, when a teenage driver crashed into a daycare center in Frisco last week. A 17-year-old driver was driving with his father to a nearby driving school when his foot slipped onto the gas pedal, which caused the vehicle to jump the curb and hit a fence, which fell on some children and adults. A class of toddlers was standing just inside the fence when the accident occurred. The teenager was driving a Toyota Camry.
The father jumped out of the vehicle to begin helping children. One of the children was admitted to the ICU, and three others were admitted to the hospital with minor injuries. An eyewitness said that the accident could have been much worse – one of the teachers acted quickly in shielding the children, and she suffered some injuries. The teen driver was not charged and has expressed remorse about the accident.
Accidents involving teens or inexperienced drivers are not unusual. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are at a high risk for automobile accidents, which can endanger not only themselves but others on the roads. According to the Centers for Disease Control, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teens. Teens are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers who are over the age of 20. New drivers are still learning the skills and habits needed to become safe drivers.
Because of the higher risk for a motor vehicle accident, teen drivers are much more expensive to insure under an automobile insurance policy. However, teen drivers are required to have liability insurance coverage in order to drive. Many teens opt to have the minimum insurance required to save money. However, parents of teen drivers can in some cases be found financially liable for a teen driver’s accident.
If you have been injured by a teen driver in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you should speak to a qualified personal injury attorney. Call the team at the Barber Law Firm at 972-961-4148. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.