Teen drivers have much less experience behind the wheel of a vehicle than older drivers. As a result, they face a higher risk of being involved in a car accident. If alcohol is added to the mix, the chances of a crash increase substantially.
This combination recently contributed to a crash that led to serious injuries in California. According to reports, a 17-year-old boy was driving a vehicle south when he failed to stop at a red light. His vehicle then collided with a bus that was heading east through the intersection. The teen’s vehicle had at least two passengers, and it was unclear how many individuals may have been on the bus at the time of the incident.
The crash resulted in the passengers in the smaller vehicle, both reported as being 17-year-old girls, suffering serious injuries. Emergency crews had to rescue them from the vehicle. The driver as well as 10 individuals on the bus suffered minor injuries. The teen driver was taken into custody for DUI and later released to his parents.
The parents of the teen girls injured in this California car accident are undoubtedly grateful that they survived. Due to the circumstances of the incident, they may wonder whether they can pursue legal action against the driver considered at fault for the crash. Personal injury claims against parties considered liable, such as the driver and vehicle owner, could allow them to pursue compensation for medical bills and other damages stemming from the incident that are permitted under state law.