An unlicensed teenage driver and her mother were recently cited after a two-vehicle crash. In their investigation, Louisiana State Police found that the driver’s mother had knowingly allowed her daughter to drive.
According to the accident report, the young woman stopped at a flashing yellow light, then entered the intersection in the pathway of a moving fertilizer truck. The truck failed to yield, and hit the car at a right angle. A young man in the back of the car was not wearing a seatbelt. He was thrown from the vehicle, and later died from his injuries.
The mother, driver and truck driver were all treated for minor injuries.
Are Unlicensed Drivers a Threat on the Road?
It’s important to note that while the young woman did break the law, she was not necessarily responsible for the car accident. The truck driver in the accident was also cited for failing to yield at the intersection. In this particular case, authorities may decide that she did not make any mistakes in her driving.
Unlicensed drivers do present a large threat on the road, however. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, an average of 8,400 people are killed in crashes with unlicensed drivers each year. As many as one in five deadly traffic accidents involved one of these drivers
This could be for a large range of different reasons. In many cases, drivers have lost their licenses because of bad behavior on the road, so it makes sense that they would also be involved in more accidents when they drove illegally. In rarer cases, these accidents are caused by young people who do not have the proper experience handling a vehicle.
Always Comply with the Law
Some parents of teens might simply be looking to provide opportunities to practice driving, but this should only be done in accordance with the law. You may trust your child to drive safely, or to avoid accidents, but by obeying the law you reduce the risk of a citation or crash.