A recent AAA Foundation study shows that teen drivers carrying a passenger under the age of 21 face a 44 percent greater chance of an accident. The odds doubled when two passengers were in the car.
This startling data hit home in the wake of a Oklahoma Car Accident earlier this week. According to KJRH News, three young girls were injured as the result of an accident that was caused by inattention.
The accident occurred on US Highway 60 at around 6 p.m. on Monday afternoon in Osage County, Oklahoma. Police say the 16-year-old driver of a Buick sedan was heading east along the highway when she lost control of the vehicle while turning. She over-corrected twice and eventually rolled the vehicle before it came to a halt.
A 9-year-old passenger in the backseat, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and was found roughly 50 feet from the site of the crash. She was airlifted to a local hospital to receive treatment for both internal and external injuries to her head, arms, and torso.
The driver and a 13-year-old passenger also suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital.
The Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say that accidents like this are the reason that parents should set rules with teen drivers in regards to how many passengers they may have in their vehicle at one time.