Underdeveloped Brains in Teens Could Lead To Auto Accidents

by nph | April 20th, 2012

April 20, 2012

Recent studies have found a link between the high number of motor vehicle accidents that teens are involved in and certain parts of the brain that are still undeveloped when teens begin driving. A Health News report states that this underdeveloped part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex, gives teens a sense of invincibility that can lead to risky behavior.

For instance, three teenage girls from Kent, Ohio, are now in critical condition after they were in an accident caused by one of the girls driving erratically. According to ABC 5 News, the crash happened at 2:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon on Riverbend Boulevard. A spokesman for the Kent Police Department, Lt. Jim Prusha, stated, “I heard some talk of cat and mouse play with several vehicles.” He added that it seemed as though the vehicle had hit a curb and lost control moments before crashing. One of the victims was thrown from the car, while the other two victims were trapped in the wreckage for roughly two hours while rescue crews worked to free them.

All three were taken to local hospitals where they are receiving treatment for their injuries.

The Ohio Auto Accident Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy would suggest that parents discuss the dangers and responsibilities that come with the privilege of driving. Doing so will not only bring you closer to your child, but may save his or her life one day.