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4 Rhode Island teenagers were injured in a serious car accident

A group of four Rhode Island teenagers were injured in a serious car accident in late August, when their vehicle allegedly veered off the road and collided with a tree. A car accident that involves teens often requires additional investigation, especially when there is not another vehicle involved. The families and those involved can feel strained anxiety, the physical pain of healing and perhaps the emotional trauma of what they may have experienced.

Reports have described the accident as including only the one SUV, which slammed into a tree as it drove off the road. The teen driver had to be cut out of the vehicle after impact as the passengers were taken to a nearby hospital for trauma care; half were transported by helicopter. Although the injuries to all four Rhode Island teens were serious, the nature of the damages has not been shared with the media.

Police have not released the exact cause of the accident, or if drugs or alcohol may be a culprit. Liability for the car accident will likely fall on the driver, though further police investigation may shed additional light on the tragedy. The medical expense for such drastic transportation and serious injuries can cause financial strain on the families of those involved.

The families may seek compensation for the pain and suffering and expense for trauma care of their teens, based upon evidence of negligence. In addition to the driver, any separate owner of the vehicle involved in the crash may also face claims of financial responsibility under the legal theory of respondeat superior. Fear and apprehension could be affecting the teens individually as they wait for their friends to heal and responsibility to be labeled. Each family affected by the car accident may benefit from gaining an understanding of their rights and responsibilities under Rhode Island personal injury laws.

Source: heraldnews.com, One of four teens seriously hurt in Little Compton crash remains hospitalized, Michael Gagne Herald, Aug. 30, 2013

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