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Speed often cited in fatal car accidents involving teens

Driving always looks easier when someone with experience does it. Point the vehicle in the right direction, press the gas pedal to go and the brake pedal to stop. Seems simple enough, but anyone with a driver's license knows it is not quite that easy. Many things can go wrong, and when inexperienced teenagers drive too fast, it could easily result in fatal car accidents.

Preliminary reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol cited speed as a contributing factor in a recent crash that killed two teenagers and caused injury to the woman driving the other vehicle. However, at last report, the investigation continued since it was not yet known why the teen's vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic in the first place. Could it be as simple as inexperience and speed, or did some other factor contribute to this tragedy?

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was just 16 years old, and so was his passenger who was ejected during the impact. Both teens died at the scene. A 4-year-old girl riding in the second vehicle was fortunate enough not to suffer any injuries, and the injuries to the 23-year-old woman driving it were reportedly not life-threatening.

Injuries do not have to threaten a person's life in order to require a lengthy recovery or leave a lasting impression. Moreover, the loss of a family member as young as the passenger in the wrong-way vehicle will undoubtedly have a lasting effect on his family, especially since parents are not supposed to outlive their children. Ohio law allows for the pursuit of restitution in connection with car accidents such as this one in order to provide for financial losses, closure and a sense of justice to the victims and their families.

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