A single-vehicle crash in Darke County claimed the life of a 16-year-old teen. The crash in Darke County happened on Sunday morning, July 4th. A news report disclosed that the accident occurred after the teen driver crossed the center line on State Route 571.
The report revealed that deputies with the Darke County Sheriff’s Office alongside Arcanum Rescue and the Laura Fire Department responded to the crash site after reports of a single-vehicle accident. The crash occurred near Red River-West Grove Road on State Route 571. The sheriff’s office placed the time of the occurrence at about 4 a.m.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a red 2002 Volkswagen driven by the teen from Troy was eastbound on State Route 571. While about to negotiate a curve, the teenager crossed the centerline and then went off the left side of the road. As a result, the car rolled multiple times before resting on its side.
The teenager succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The Darke County Accident Reconstruction Team and the Darke County Coroner’s Investigation handled further investigation at the crash site. The inquiry into the accident is ongoing.
Motor vehicle accidents are the second-leading cause of death among teens in the United States. Common causes of teenage car accidents include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, inexperience, speeding, and distracted driving. In addition, teenagers are more likely to crash during weekends and at night times.
When a teenager is at fault for an accident, the question becomes whether or not the victim can sue them for damages. This is because teens live and depend on their parents and cannot on their own sue or be sued.
To learn about the liabilities of teenagers in a car accident, contact our Ohio auto accident attorneys.