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Avoid these crash factors to improve your odds

Tuesday, January 22, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

Two 16-year-old boys died in a one-car accident Jan. 8 near Grandview, Wash., that left the 17-year-old driver on life support.
   Sadly, the tragedy fits a common profile for teen crashes. The car was speeding after dark when the driver lost control on a curve, went off the road, and hit some trees. One passenger was thrown from the car, and it’s unclear whether he was wearing a seat belt.
   Compare that with the common profile for serious crashes involving 16- and 17-year-olds, as noted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

  • One-car accident
  • Two-lane road
  • Teenage passengers
  • Caused by speed or inattention
  • Hitting a pole or tree
  • At night
  • Smaller cars, older cars
  • Usually no alcohol involved.

   The more of those factors you can avoid, the better your chances.
   In the Grandview crash, deputies found no evidence of drugs or alcohol. Speeding was a factor, but they can’t rule out a mechanical problem. Read the Tri-City Herald article.

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