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Harrisburg Teen Injured After Illegal Street Race Results In Crash

Posted On Behalf of Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers on May 14, 2012 in General

Illegal street racing is dangerous to both the drivers and other motorists on the road who may be innocent bystanders. One Pennsylvania teen learned that lesson Monday night after being injured in an accident stemming from a street race.
According to reports from  WHTM 27 News, the accident happened just before 10:30 p.m. on the Market Street Bridge in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Witnesses to the crash say that the 16-year-old West Shore teen was racing another driver when he attempted to illegally pass other vehicles on the bridge. While passing, he inadvertently sideswiped a car, causing him to lose control and crash over the bridge’s guard rail and into an embankment. The teen was thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious facial and head injuries.
An  independent study conducted by an anti-illegal street racing group found that drivers ages 15 to 24 years old account for nearly 60% of the total number of fatalities attributed to street racing. So, why are teens at such a high risk of being injured or killed in these high-octane crashes?
One study shows that the part of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully developed until the age of 25—and sometimes even later in males.
The  Harrisburg Car Accident Attorneys with the  Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers encourage parents to have an open discussion with their teens about the dangers and responsibility that comes with the privilege of driving.