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Police say risky teen driving is leading to accidents

The police in New Jersey are reaching out to parents after they say that teenagers caused avoidable car accidents by taking risky, dangerous actions behind the wheel. They said that the teens, who lacked much experience as drivers, were being careless and driving too quickly.

In one crash, a teenager passed another car, in the right lane, even though he had to make a right turn. He just wanted to go faster than that other vehicle. In trying to move back into the right lane and slow down to turn, the teen went out of control. The car slammed into a few other vehicles. Ultimately, three people wound up in the hospital and five reported injuries, all because the teen was driving aggressively.

In a second accident, a police officer was slowing down to turn left. He was in an unmarked car. Fortunately, he checked his mirrors. Behind him, a teen girl was driving a BMW and, for some reason, decided to pass the police officer on the left. He had to swerve out of the way. The girl lost control of her car, drove off the road, hit another car and then smashed into a house.

These are just two examples, but they do help to illustrate how inexperienced, reckless drivers put everyone in danger. While some teens are great drivers, many do make these types of mistakes. That's why police are asking their parents to talk to them, hoping to avoid a deadly crash.

Have you been injured in an accident with a negligent driver? If so, make sure you know what legal rights you have.

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