Spring — High School Student Severely Injured After Falling Off Car While Hood Surfing
Posted on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 at 8:10 pm by Williams Hart
A 17-year-old high school student suffered severe injuries in a hood-surfing accident that occurred in Spring, Texas on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
According to initial reports, the teen’s friend was driving a red Mini Cooper between 25 and 35 mph along the parking lot of Hildebrandt Intermediate School. The teen was on the hood of the car when all of a sudden, his friend slammed on the brakes, thus sending him flying off the car. The teen then landed head-first on the asphalt.
The teen was then taken to an area hospital with severe injuries. He remains at the hospital in critical condition.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the unidentified teen. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
Additionally, car surfing is a relatively new phenomenon that can result in accidents. Car surfing is described as a thrill-seeking activity that involves riding on the exterior of a moving motor vehicle while it is being driven by another person. Injuries and other lethal consequences are highly possible when someone does car surfing, even at low vehicle speeds, because accidents are more often than not caused by unanticipated movements of the vehicle, such as swerving or braking.
Statistics show that most car-surfing-related accidents in the United States happen in the Midwest and the South (75%) and that most people who are injured are males (15%) and in the age range of 15 to 19 years old (69%).
Car accidents, especially car-surfing-related ones, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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