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Car crash leads to the death of 1 teen, injuries to 2 others

When a dangerous driver is behind the wheel of a car, everyone in that vehicle is in danger. Teens can be particularly dangerous drivers if they text or try to Snapchat while they're driving. Distracted and negligent driving can lead to serious collisions that leave multiple people hurt or dead.

If you're the parent of a teen who has been killed in an accident while riding with a friend, you may be able to seek a claim against that teen's insurance provider. That won't reverse the damage that has been done, though. These teens are in a position where the families involved will have to decide on how to proceed with claims carefully, because the driver crashed his vehicle before it burst into flames.

A teen lost his life in a single-car crash in eastern Iowa, according to a Feb. 8 report, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch. The car was being driven by a 19-year-old man when he entered the ditch; the vehicle hit a culvert and continued out of the ditch and into a neighboring driveway.

Shortly after the accident took place, the car burst into flames, endangering the lives of everyone in the vehicle. The Iowa State Patrol reported that one passenger, an 18-year-old man, was killed in the crash and had not been wearing a seat belt. Another passenger, an 18-year-old man as well, was injured and had to be transported to a hospital. The driver also survived the crash and was hospitalized shortly after.

The crash is still being investigated, and once it's finished, the State Highway Patrol can decide if charges will be placed.

Source: Washington Times, "Teen dies, 2 injured in single-car crash in eastern Iowa," Feb. 08, 2016

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