Unlicensed 16-year-old Driver in Fatal Crash That Killed 5 Teens

Irvine Car Crash

A fatal car crash which occurred earlier this month involving a 16-year-old driver resulted in multiple deaths of teens in Orange County, CA. The accident involved a crash on the southbound 5 Freeway in Irvine early Saturday, killing five teenagers. According to authorities, the driver of the vehicle was unlicensed.

CHP officials reported that the teenagers were driving home after from Knott’s Scary Farm in nearby Buena Park.  According to officials, the white 1995 BMW sedan veered off the roadway, striking a guardrail.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that young people ages 15-24, represent only 14% of the U.S. population, yet account for more than 28% of the total cost of motor vehicle injuries. The CDC statistics also highlight that fatal traffic accident involving male drivers between 15 and 20 years of age are most commonly caused by speeding, intoxication, or both.

What types of factors put teenage drivers at risk?

●      Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations

●      Teens are less likely than older drivers to recognize hazardous situations

●      Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed

●      Teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt use of any age group

Unfortunately, injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident can be catastrophic. Serious and disabling injuries can affect not only the injured person but family members and friends. If you are an automobile accident victim, contact the experienced Irvine car accident lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP for a free consultation.

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