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Teen driver strikes Raleigh-area child waiting for bus

An 11-year-old boy from the Raleigh metro area suffered a broken knee and lost a tooth after being struck by a teen driver who was also from Raleigh. The car accident victim was standing by the road waiting on his school bus when the accident occurred. The boy's mother was present and witnessed the incident.

According to reports, the teen driver was speeding and also used an unsafe passing technique immediately prior to the accident. The driver attempted to go around traffic on the right side of the road, using a turn only lane to do so. When the turn lane ended, the driver turned too sharply, hitting the student and eventually coming to a stop in a nearby ravine.

According to the victim, who was thankfully not injured more seriously than he was, the driver of the vehicle did appear emotionally shaken immediately after the accident and apologized repeatedly. Despite the non-life-threatening nature of the boy's injuries, he still will almost certainly have medical bills and could face the possibility of ongoing rehabilitation and missed time at school.

Many of the neighbors also expressed concern about how the school district had the bus stop set up alongside a busy road. After the accident, the school announced plans to make changes to the bus stop, presumably so no further accidents occur.

Although most teen drivers are responsible behind the wheel, or at least try to be, many do make poor decisions while driving that lead to accidents. At other times, even a responsible teen driver's inexperience with operating a vehicle can lead to an accident. In such cases, victims of these types of accidents in North Carolina may be eligible to collect compensation from the family of the at-fault teen driver.

Source: WNCN, "Raleigh teen identified as driver of car that hit boy at bus stop," Sept. 20, 2016.

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