A deadly crash in Lincoln County took the lives of four people and sent six others to the hospital. Three of the people who lost their lives were teenagers from the local community. According to WJTV News Channel 12, this two-car crash happened sometime just before 11:00 p.m. on Friday night. The collision occurred on U.S. 84 at lower Meadville Road near Brookhaven. Very few details have been released about how this crash happened, but we do know that a Dodge Stratus was struck by a pickup truck.
Lincoln County Crash Still Under Investigation
At least three of the four people who died were in the Dodge Stratus, and at least three people from the pickup truck were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Their injuries were described as moderate to life-threatening, but there’s no word on anybody’s current condition. This crash remains under investigation with law enforcement officials with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Teens
Car accidents are the number one cause of death for teens across the country. In 2011, around 2,650 teens were killed in car crashes in the U.S., and nearly 292,000 teenagers were sent to the emergency room due to car accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although teens account for only about 14 percent of the U.S. population, they account for about 30 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and about 28 percent of the total costs for motor vehicle injuries in females.
Increasing Teen Driver Safety
There are a variety of potential safety issues facing teen drivers in Mississippi and across the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages parents to talk to their teen drivers about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving, and the dangers of having additional teen passengers in the car. Teens are also encouraged to buckle up for every trip, no matter how far they’re going.
The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of those who lost their lives. We also wish speedy and full recoveries to everybody who was injured in this terrible crash.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.