New York auto accident lawyer David Perecman, who has been following the story, agrees with the boy’s mom who wondered why a person would teach a teen to drive in a residential neighborhood.
“There is a lot of responsibility that comes with driving – and teaching teenagers to drive. Inexperienced teen drivers are more likely to make simple mistakes that can lead to both minor and fatal auto accidents,” said Perecman. “As we saw in this sad case, one mistake ended in tragedy.”
Panic and inexperience were cited as the cause of the fatal accident that killed the boy. The teen received her learner’s permit only two weeks ago.
As reported by Newsday, the teen, who was driving with her mom, “became alarmed when she saw an oncoming car in her rearview mirror and…made too wide a turn.” Her SUV went up on the curb and hit Andrew Burrous, his mother and a parked Honda.
According to the New York Post, the SUV landed on top of the Honda. The teen driver then backed off the car and parked across the street.
Det. Sgt. Callahan of the New York Police Department said that the girl would not be charged.
National studiesshow that inexperience is the most common factor in auto accidents involving young drivers. Those in the 16-to-20 age group are involved in disproportionately high numbers of fatal vehicular accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
According to a recent study by the American Automobile Association (AAA), 30,917 auto accident fatalities over the past 10 years were the result of car crashes involving drivers ages 15-17 years old. The auto crash fatality rate is highest for 16- to 17-year-olds within the first six months after getting their license.
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