Parents expend a lot of time and energy worrying when they have kids who are old enough to drive. Despite all the safety classes and preparation that is undertaken, giving kids the freedom of a driver’s license can still be a cause for concern among many people. This is borne out by the high accident rate among teenage drivers.

A recent fatal accident has brought up those fears again for many parents. Five youngsters between the ages of 14 and 18 were killed in what officials think might have been a drag-racing crash.

People who said they were familiar with the events said that the driver of another vehicle challenged the 17-year-old driver to race. When the cars were racing, the driver of the first car apparently saw the second car swerve and strike an SUV. All five teenagers in the car were killed; in addition, the two people in the SUV were injured and taken to a hospital. The driver of the car that allegedly instigated the incident, meanwhile, kept on going after letting a passenger out to check on what had happened.

It seems likely that there could be a flurry of lawsuits ensuing; none of the teens was related, so each of their families might decide to pursue a legal claim. It isn’t clear whom they might choose to sue; it could be the driver of the other vehicle involved, or it’s possible that they might attempt to hold the driver of the car that crashed liable as well — even though he died in the accident too. Time will tell what happens in this case.

Source: New York Daily News, “Drag racing was factor in deadly Long Island car crash that killed 5 teens: source,” Caitlin Nolan, May 12, 2014