A 58-year-old man was killed in a Long Beach car accident, which involved a teenager who was speeding and driving recklessly, officials said. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, a 17-year-old male driver from Huntington Beach was driving a 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse south on Pacific Coast Highway near Studebaker Road the afternoon of September 20, 2017. Witnesses told police the Eclipse was going at least 60 mph weaving through cars.
Just before entering the intersection the teen driver swerved to the left to avoid hitting a vehicle and swerved back to the right. The Eclipse ended up crossing over to opposing lanes of traffic where it hit a 2016 Toyota Corolla that was waiting to turn right onto PCH. The 58-year-old driver of the Toyota Corolla died at the scene. The teen who was driving the Eclipse suffered moderate injuries. It is not clear if the 17-year-old was facing any charges in the crash.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of the deceased victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Teen Driver Risk Factors
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the traffic accident rates for drivers between the ages of 16 to 19 are higher than those for any other age group. There are a number of factors that cause teens to be risky drivers including:
- Their inability to detect hazards on the roadway. It takes time for young novice drivers to acquire this ability.
- Young drivers also have low risk perception. This involves subjectively assessing the degree of threat posed by a hazard and one’s ability to deal with the threat.
- Teens tend to take more risks while driving, often due to their overconfidence. Risky behaviors include speeding, running red lights, making illegal turns and passing dangerously.
- Teens are also less likely than older drivers to wear seatbelts.
- For teens, the risk of being in a car accident increases when they transport passengers. The fatality risk of drivers aged 16 to 17 years is 3.6 times higher when they are driving with passengers than when they are driving alone.
Fault and Liability
In such cases, negligent drivers can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Families of deceased victims can file what is known as a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship. An experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer can better advise you regarding your legal rights and options.