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Michigan teens involved in fatal car accident

Tragically teenagers are involved in far too many fatal motor vehicle accidents in Michigan each year. Some of that is due to their inexperience behind the wheel, which puts them at risk of making mistakes that more experienced drivers would be able to avoid. Another common cause is distracted driving. When teens have been drinking before they get behind the wheel, however, the combination can be especially deadly.

On Nov. 16 in Lapeer County, two teen drivers were killed in what appears to have been a drunk driving accident. A 16-year-old girl's vehicle was hit by a car that reportedly blew through a stop sign. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The other driver was 18 years old. He also sustained very serious injuries in the crash and was transported to the hospital, but he did not survive. A passenger inside his vehicle, thankfully, was able to walk away uninjured from this very serious car accident.

Though the cause of the crash is under investigation, alcohol is suspected to have been a factor.

This tragic story is an important reminder for all Michigan drivers -- but especially for new, inexperienced teenage drivers -- that drunk driving can result in the needless loss of life. Particularly during the holidays when social drinking is at a peak, it is incumbent upon everyone to take all steps possible to prevent drunk driving accidents: Designate a driver, keep an eye on friends' and party-goers' drinking, provide a ride, if necessary, and have a back-up plan if your first plan falls through.

Whenever someone's life is lost because of drunk driving, family members may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for the personal and financial losses caused by that loss. Although no amount of money can ever replace the loss of a loved one's life, some justice can be served by holding the drunk driver responsible.

Source: mlive.com, "16-year-old girl killed in traffic accident in Lapeer County," David Harris, Nov. 17, 2011

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