Teen Driver in Coma after Falling Asleep in the Car

Head-on crashes in Arizona are considered to be the deadliest type of crashes on the road. It is far more fatal as compared to rear-end or side collisions. In 2005, head-on collisions accounted for only 2.0% of all crashes but are equivalent to 10.1 percent of the total fatal crashes on that year. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those ages 5-34. In fact, millions of drivers and passengers are being treated for their injuries due to motor vehicle crashes. There have been more fatalities in this age group then any others with one out of every three accidents resulting in death. .

Teen drivers between 16- to 19-years old are four times more likely to crashes than older drivers. In 2009, eight teens age 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). About 3,000 teens in the United States aged 15–19 were killed and more than 350,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes. (CDC, NTHSA)

On Monday, an Arizona traffic collision occurred in Surprise on the Loop 303 near Bell Road (5/9/11). According to DPS officers an 18-year-old driver fell asleep, lost control of his car and collided head-on into an oncoming car.

Investigation showed that the teen driver was heading north when his car suddenly changed direction to the center line. One man was hit in the process and is currently in a critical condition.

Graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems are one of the effective way to reduce injuries and fatal crashes among teenagers by 38 percent to 40 percent. It is designed to delay full licensure while allowing teens to get their initial driving experience under low-risk conditions.

For victims of fatal car accidents in Arizona, call our free consultation hotline at (480) 753-4534. As Arizona car accident attorneys, we are ready to assist you in getting what you deserve.

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