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Teen Killed After Speeding Driver Runs Red Light, Causing Multi-Vehicle Crash

Motorists have a duty to operate a motor vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner. This duty can be breached if a driver is exceeding the speed limit, following at an unsafe distance, driving while distracted, or otherwise driving in an unreasonable or unsafe manner.

On December 1, a high school senior tweeted “Seatbelt warnings are smart for cars. You could just be driving and someone else could be the dumbass. Be safe.” Less than two hours later he was killed in an auto accident, but not because he was speeding or driving while distracted, and not because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the teen was stopped at an intersection when the driver of a Nissan minivan ran a red light at a “high rate of speed”, jumped the center concrete median, and slammed into his Honda Accord. Those two vehicles veered into the path of a commercial gasoline tanker truck, pushing it into a Lexus.

The teen, his 16-year-old passenger, and the driver of the Nissan were transported to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries, where the 18-year-old later died. The drivers of the other vehicles were uninjured, officials said. The intersection was closed for several hours and forced traffic to be rerouted.

Based on the facts reported, it does not appear that the teen was negligent in any manner. An investigation is underway, but police have said speed on the part of the Nissan driver was definitely a factor.

When a death results from the negligence of another person, a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought by surviving family members. In this case, the teen’s parents can file a claim seeking damages for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, mental anguish, and other damages.

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