On Monday, May 28, 2013, a fiery car crash killed five Southern Californian high school students who were driving to the beach for Memorial Day. The victims included three girls and two boys – there were a pair of sisters and best friends in the car. The teenagers were all students from the Irvine Unified School District.
The driver was a 17 year-old senior from University High School and the passengers were a 17 year-old senior from Irvine High School and her 16 year-old sister. The two other passengers killed in the crash were 17 year-old juniors from Irvine High School.
The accident occurred around 5:20 PM and when their Infiniti swerved off the road and crashed into a tree. The crash caused the car to split in half and catch ablaze. According to a Newport Beach spokeswoman, speed was believed to be a factor in the wreck.
At the time of the crash, four of the teenagers were ejected from the vehicle and died instantly. Officials are saying that the crash was one of the worst in Newport Beach history in recent years. On Tuesday, students gathered at Irvine High to remember their friends and comfort each other.
Speeding as Dangerous Factor
Sadly, many tragic accidents occur due to speeding and aggressive driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed is involved in about one out of three fatal car accidents. It is the third leading contributing factor to vehicle collisions.
Furthermore, according to the National Safety Council:
- Speeding results in over 13,000 lives lost each year
- Work zone crashes and fatalities – speed was a contributor in about 27 percent of fatal crashes in maintenance and construction zones in 2005
Victims of Speeding Drivers
Speeding drivers cause numerous accidents, injuries, and fatalities every year. If you happen to be a victim of a speeding driver, you should consult with a personal injury attorney to understand your rights. You may be entitled to a substantial entitlement for your pain and suffering resulting from the car accident. Contact us today.