A study released earlier this year by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the chances of a new teen driver being involved in a motor vehicle accident grew exponentially with the amount of passengers inside the vehicle. Data showed the chances of a crash jumped by nearly 50 percent with one passenger in the car, but skyrocketed to a 258 percent increase with two passengers in the vehicle. The number continued to inflate to a 307 percent increase in the likelihood of a crash with three or more passengers.
A story from Bartlesville Radio stated one such accident occurred in Osage County, Oklahoma this past Sunday evening. Reports indicate the accident happened at around 8:30 p.m. along Okesa Road, just outside Bartlesville.
The 18-year-old driver of a vehicle carrying four passengers was heading southbound along the highway when a passenger in the vehicle distracted her. The car then veered off the road, slid, then rolled several times before coming to a stop. One of the passengers was airlifted to a Tulsa hospital for treatment for head and leg injuries sustained in the Oklahoma Car Accident, while the others were treated and released at local medical facilities.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers understand the dangers and risks new and inexperienced drivers face and suggest parents develop a driving contract with their teens limiting phone use and the number of passengers allowed in a vehicle.