High School Soccer Player Dies in Car Crash Involving Truck
Nicholas Gazzara III, an 18-year-old high school soccer player from South Jersey, died in a car crash on December 16. Philly.com reports that he lost control of his car in the snow and collided with an oncoming truck, injuring the truck driver.
Innocent lives are lost every day because of traffic accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported there were 33,963 auto accident-related fatalities in the United States in 2009. The main factors in car crashes are the driver, roadway, and vehicle. About 80 to 95 percent of all car crashes involve driver error. Younger drivers in particular have a high rate of being involved in car accidents because of their inexperience and less cautious driving practices. In fact, in 2008, there were 7,346 18-year-olds involved in Pennsylvania car accidents, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. These young motorists often drive distracted or succumb to peer pressure to speed.
In this particular accident, the weather may have played a part. Although the majority of car crashes occur under no adverse conditions, inclement weather and road surface conditions negatively affect how a car handles as well as inhibits driver visibility. The NHTSA recommends all motorists take the time to learn how their vehicle handles in winter weather driving conditions.
If you have been involved in an auto accident in Pennsylvania, Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP are experienced Philadelphia car crash lawyers who can carefully review the facts of your accident and help determine who was at fault. Our attorneys will also investigate the road conditions and weather conditions, the vehicles involved, and if alcohol or drugs were involved. Call us today for a free case evaluation.