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Car Accidents Remain Number One Killer of Kids

A horrific motor vehicle accident transpired yesterday in Dumas, Texas when a Chevy SUV carrying five teens collided with a truck, sending both vehicles up in flames. All five occupants of the SUV, who were between 15 and 17 years old, were killed. According to reports, the accident was caused by the SUV operator ignoring a stop sign and entering an intersection at the same time as the truck. The truck driver survived the crash, but was airlifted to a local hospital with multiple burns where he was reported to be in critical condition. This Texas collision occurred just hours after an SUV struck a guardrail and flipped over into a pond in Warren, Ohio, taking the lives of its six teenaged occupants.

The close proximity of these two collisions, which took the lives of eleven teenagers, provides a stark reminder that motor vehicle collisions remain the number one killer of youths in this country. It is undeniable that teens and cars are often a deadly combination. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (as reported by, approximately one quarter of the 15-24 year olds who died in the U.S. in 2010 were killed in motor vehicle accidents. Auto accidents kill more young Americans than bullet wounds, homicides, suicides and accidental poisonings. Tragedies such as yesterday’s fatal car accidents in Texas and Ohio will hopefully serve as reminders to all that the road can be a very dangerous place and auto safety, especially when teens get behind the wheel, is an issue upon which we all need to maintain a vigilant focus.

The trial attorneys at New York personal injury law firm Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP send their deepest condolences to all who are mourning the eleven teens who died in yesterday’s crashes. There are no words for the pain their loved ones must be experiencing.

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