Cluster of Teen Car Accident Fatalities Illustrates Disturbing U.S. Trend

Five Texas teens were killed in a fiery accident this week when their SUV collided with a tanker truck loaded with fuel, and the devastating accident is only one example of the increasing trend of traffic fatalities involving teen drivers, despite statistics indicating that fatal crashes among teens have declined over the past decade. In fact, the deaths of the five teens in Texas came on the same day as a crash in Ohio that killed six teenagers, and one day before an accident in Illinois that killed four. Three teenagers were also killed in Indiana on March 8, when two pickup trucks ran a four-way stop and collided. If you have suffered injuries in a car accident in Oklahoma, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal accident, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Atkins & Markoff to discuss your possible compensation options.


These deadly traffic accidents serve as reminders of the dangers of teen driving, and contradict the findings of a recent Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report indicating that fatal crashes involving teens have dropped over the past ten years. With more stringent restrictions imposed on teen drivers, including limits on driving at night and with other teen passengers, overall teen driving deaths are significantly lower than they were a decade ago. In fact, the GHSA report noted that deaths of young passengers when the driver was between 15 and 20 years old have dropped considerably since 1982, when 1,898 riders within the same age range were killed. In 2011, this rate dropped to 777. The GHSA report did, however, note that the rate of teen traffic deaths increased dramatically during the first six months of 2012, reversing a ten-year trend.


Teen car accident deaths are particularly devastating for families and authorities statewide due to the young age of the victims. Unfortunately, young drivers typically face a higher risk of injury and death from car accidents, due to inexperience and the variety of distractions teens face behind the wheel, including cell phones and GPS devices. If a loved one has been injured or killed in an Oklahoma car accident that you believe was caused by the negligence of another person, don’t hesitate to seek qualified legal representation. Here at Atkins & Markoff, our lawyers understand how devastating fatal car accidents can be, especially when the victim is a teenager. With the help of our reputable lawyers at Atkins & Markoff, car accident victims in Oklahoma City and throughout the state can protect their legal rights and seek fair and timely reimbursement for their injuries.