Auto crashes are said to be the cause of a significant percentage of teenage deaths. Along with inexperience, the new-found freedom may lead to speeding, and in some cases, alcohol plays a role when car accidents claim young lives. A community in Ohio is still reeling after the tragic death of a 15-year-old cheerleader.
In an accident report, the Ohio State Highway Patrol indicates that the crash occurred shortly after 11 p.m. on a recent Friday. They say a 16-year-old driver and a 15-year-old passenger were westbound on a Fairfield County road when the car left the road and smashed into a tree. The circumstances that caused the driver to lose control and leave the roadway are yet to be determined.
Both teenage girls suffered injuries. The driver was transported to a local medical facility while her passenger was airlifted to a hospital in Columbus. Sadly, the passenger did not survive her injuries, and she died later that night. Authorities say the driver and passenger were both strapped in by their seat belts. An accident investigation is ongoing.
Parents in Ohio whose teenage children die in car accidents might have grounds to pursue financial relief if the negligence of others were to blame. This applies even if the deceased teen was a passenger in a friend's car. An experienced wrongful death attorney can determine whether negligence can be established. The lawyer can then provide the necessary guidance and support throughout the legal proceedings in pursuit of a monetary judgment to cover economic and non-economic damages.
Source: wkbn.com, "Friends remember Bloom-Carroll cheerleader killed in crash", Shawn Lanier, March 3, 2018