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Four Teens Hospitalized After Hillsborough Crash

By Lependorf & Silverstein on March 4, 2014

Three teenagers from Hillsborough were injured in a New Jersey car accident when a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser collided with another vehicle. According to a news report in The Hillsborough Beacon, the car crash occurred on Amwell Road near Pleasantview Road. Officials say the 17-year-old driver of the PT Cruiser was turning left at the time of the crash when the vehicles collided and the Cruiser rolled onto its side. The driver of the Cruiser and an 18-year-old male passenger were flown to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the other vehicle and another 18-year-old female passenger were hospitalized as well.

While it is unclear from this report if one of the teenage drivers was at fault for the accident, it is common for teenagers to be involved in serious injury accidents. Teens do not, however, typically get into crashes because of a lack of education or awareness. Young drivers often get into accidents because of their lack of experience and because of their tendency to make high-risk decisions.

Taking the time to talk to your teen driver can help prevent tragedies. If you have a teenage driver, instill safety values in them by following these guidelines:

  • Lead by example. Make sure your son or daughter sees you putting away your cell phone and buckling up. When your children see you following the law, they will likely do so too. When they see parents breaking the law, they may get the wrong message.
  • Discuss driver distractions. Ban all electronic devices when your teen is driving. That means no talking on cell phones, checking email, or texting. Cell phones should be off when your teen is behind the wheel.
  • Limit the number of young passengers in your teen’s vehicle. Studies show that the risk of a crash increases when teens transport their peers.
  • Set strict curfews. A number of accidents involving teens also occur after dark. Setting curfews can help prevent these accidents.
  • Experience is the key. Make sure your teen gets the required number of hours or more before he or she gets licensed. There is no substitute for experience.

If you have been injured in a New Jersey car accident, the Princeton personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us for a free case evaluation.

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