Teen Critically Injured By SUV, Injured Again

A young woman was lucky to have survived a Ford Explorer SUV rollover that killed four of her classmates last June.

The teenager was one of nine inside the Explorer on the last day of school all heading to the beach when the car blew a rear tire and rolled. None of the occupants was wearing a seat belt and all were thrown from the car, except the driver, the only one wearing a seat belt.

That happened six months ago.

Tuesday, another SUV injured this woman, this time crashing through the wall of her bedroom narrowly missing the teen as she slept in her bed. The girl says she felt the ceiling fall in on her. Her father found her under four feet of debris after the SUV plowed into the house.

Luckily, a mattress shielded the girl who suffered a broken pelvis, broken ribs, cuts and bruises. It’s fair to say that she is lucky twice, or unlucky twice, depending on how you look at it.

What happened? The SUV hit the house when its driver, a 19-year-old male admitted he was a distracted driver, looking at his phone when he left the road and hit the house.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says conservatively that cell phones led to 955 fatalities and 240,000 accidents in 2002, costing all of us billions of dollars. Florida will likely finally pass some sort of restriction on cell phone use and/or texting while driving in the next legislative session and it’s about time.

In the meantime, the 19-year-old motorist has been charged with careless driving. The young woman is getting around with a walker, but is expected to make a full recovery.

We wish her the best and hope that her family seeks insurance money from the errant driver to fix up their house and pay for the medical bills for their daughter. Hopefully they are not going it alone and seek the help of an experienced Florida personal injury attorney to secure what they will need for their bills for this accident that they share no fault in.

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