A single-vehicle auto accident in Orange County, involving the combination of alcohol and speeding have taken the life of an 18-year-old Buena park man this morning, the Orange Country Register reported.
Authorities stated that Philip Na was driving a Toyota Camry early Wednesday morning when it careened off the road and hit a light pole, killing Na and injuring his passenger, according to the article.
Na’s 17-year-old passenger was taken to La Palma Intercommunity Hospital with minor injuries. His identity was not disclosed because of his age. He was treated at the hospital and eventually released to his parents, officials said.
Preliminary reports indicate that a combination of alcohol and speeding contributed to the auto accident. An investigation into the cause of the accident is continuing.
Alcohol and speeding are a dangerous mix and a frequent factor in young adult fatality car accidents. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has posted a few telling facts regarding young adults, driving fast and the consumption of alcohol and how the combination relates to fatal auto accidents.. The information is posted on the U.S. Center for Disease Control website.
Studies show that 40% of the deaths among U.S. teens are a result of an auto accident. The risk of a motor vehicle accident is highest among the 16- to 19-year-old age group. Teen drivers 16- to 19-years-old are 400% more likely to be involved in an auto accident the any other age group. Teens are more likely than any other age group to speed, drive after using alcohol or drugs and ride with an intoxicated driver. In 2003, one-out-of-four teen drivers who died in auto accidents had blood alcohol content levels above the legal limit for adults. For the same year, 74% of teen drivers killed in auto accidents after drinking and driving were not wearing seat belts.
Check out this site for information on preventing injuries as a result of auto accidents: http://www.thecommunityguide.org/mvoi/default.htm.
If you or your teen has been involved in an auto accident in Orange County or California and need the assistance of an experienced and compassionate law firm, contact Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys for a free and confidential consultation.