A motorist lost control of his vehicle in Santee last Sunday and hit multiple concrete barriers before finally stopping in a hole located on a construction site. Four men were critically injured as a result of this motorist’s excessive speed. The accident occurred at Princess Joann Road and Ironwood Avenue and two of the victims in the accident were pinned inside the vehicle. These individuals were found unconscious but breathing.

The other individuals who had the exited the vehicle had serious injuries and were being looked after by surrounding citizens. Paramedics arrived at the scene in order to remove the two men from the vehicle. All four individuals were taken to local hospitals with varying degrees of injury severity. All four individuals involved in the accident were in their late teens or early twenties.

Excessive speeding is one of the most common causes of accidents across San Diego today. Unfortunately, teens frequently face higher risks of being involved in a car accident because of their lack of experience and higher tendencies to drive recklessly or negligently. Teen drivers may not have enough of a background with driving to understand just how much speeding can compromise their safety, thus putting them directly in line for increased accident risks. Understanding how speeding can lead to a car crash may be an important part of the educational process for new drivers.

Parents can do their part by educating teens about the best safety tips to use any time that you are behind the wheel. Limiting cellphone use is an obvious choice but other distractions and the involvement of peer pressure can encourage a teen to speed or engage in other reckless behavior that can contribute to serious and life threatening accidents.