A 19-year-old Queens college student was recently convicted of four counts of vehicular manslaughter. The charges stem from a fatal accident in October 2012 that killed four teens.
Joseph Beer, then 17, was speeding more than 100 mph on the Southern State Parkway in Long Island after smoking marijuana. He crashed his car into a tree, killing all four of his passenger-friends. Beer escaped the fatal car crash with only minor injuries.
Teens often make poor decisions, but rarely with such tragic consequences. It is imperative to coach teens to drive responsibly and refrain from driving under the effects of drugs and alcohol.
New York junior license restrictions aim to avoid the aforementioned accident by restricting the hours a young motorist may drive and the number of young passengers permitted in his or her vehicle.
If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed by a teen driver, there may be a variety of legal options available to you. Many teen car accidents involve the issue of vicarious liability where the parents or guardian of the team may be held financially accountable for the mistakes of their child.
Source: CBS News, “NYC Teen Convicted In Crash That Killed 4 Friends,” June 6, 2014