Three teenagers sustained personal injuries after they were thrown from a car while riding on the vehicle’s hood in Palm Bay, Florida. The accident occurred around 5 p.m. after the Toyota Corolla stopped suddenly while three teenage girls were riding on the hood of the car. The injured teenagers were transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center were they were treated for head and neck injuries; their conditions are currently unavailable. The driver of the Toyota was a 16-year-old male. He was traveling between 15 and 20 mph when he abruptly hit the brakes. He was cited for reckless driving. For more read 3 teenagers personally injured after “hood surfing” in Palm Bay, Florida.
Teenage drivers are typically unaware of the dangers involved in driving automobiles. They tend to engage is several distracted driving behaviors that dramatically increases their chances of being involved in a collision or other automobile accident. Distracted driving includes behaviors such as talking or texting on a cell phone while driving, eating, drinking or grooming, listen to music too loudly, having too many passengers in an automobile and engaging in multiple conversations with their passengers. These behaviors take the young driver’s focus and attention off the road and can be highly dangerous. Parents should inform their young drivers about the dangers involved in driving and teach them safe driving skills.