The number of car accidents that involve teenage drivers is a concern to many people across the country, including in Tennessee. The lack of driving experience may contribute to teenage crashes, especially when they are speeding. Unfortunately, teenagers often travel in groups, and it is not uncommon for several passengers to suffer injuries, or worse, when accidents occur.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to an auto accident that occurred on Highway 395 in Unicoi County on a recent Monday evening. Preliminary reports indicate that a speeding vehicle carrying two 17-year-old and two 16-year-old teenagers traveled across the center line and struck a pickup truck head-on. All occupants of the car, except the 17-year-old driver, suffered injuries, and a helicopter transported two of them to a hospital while the third one was transported by road.
A 19-year-old passenger in the pickup truck was reportedly also injured and rushed to a hospital. One of the three horses that were in a trailer behind the pickup truck was also injured. The only fatality was a dog that traveled in the pickup truck. THP declined to identify the driver of the car, saying that charges may follow.
The media report noted only that the driver of the car was speeding and did not indicate that any other factors were involved. Whenever injuries are suffered in accidents that are caused by the negligence of other parties, victims may pursue compensation through filing personal injury claims in a Tennessee civil court. This is true regardless of whether the victims were in other vehicles or passengers in the vehicle of the driver thought to have been negligent.
Source: wjhl.com, "Update: 4 teens injured in Unicoi County crash", John Price, May 5, 2015