Young drivers just getting a taste of what it is like to be behind the wheel of a car can sometimes let their eagerness to be out on the road impair their judgement.
While many teenage motorists are responsible and exercise extra caution when driving, some can let peer pressure or a desire to break the rules put both themselves and others in danger.
It seems that reckless behaviour played a part in a car accident that occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning (July 1).
A ute was travelling on Old Bundarra Road in Inverell when the 18-year-old male driver lost control of the vehicle. As a result, it spun off the road and collided with a number of trees before coming to a stop.
There were four teenage male passengers in the car – all of them sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for further treatment.
It is believed that alcohol may have been a factor and police also think that speed could have influenced the accident.
It is fortunate that there were no fatalities, considering that two of the passengers were not strapped in with a seatbelt – or even inside the vehicle when it spun out of control.
Two of them were in fact travelling in the tray of the ute and it is uncertain whether or not they were sitting or standing.
When the driver lost control, these passengers landed on the road due to the impact.
Fortunately one of them was able to run to get help, and police arrived on the scene at approximately 02:00 in the morning.
The exact time of the collision was thought to have happened between 01:30 and 01:40.
The 18-year-old driver and one of the other passengers – aged 17 – were both airlifted to nearby St George Hospital immediately.
According to the police report, the driver had a various number of different injuries, while the other passenger was suffering from internal injuries.
While this was not a fatal car accident – and only involved one vehicle – had there been another car travelling along the road at the same time, this could have been much more serious.
It serves as a sombre reminder of the dangers of not exercising caution when behind the wheel. Not only is it important to drive sensibly for your own safety, it is also courteous to others to follow the road rules.
If you or a family member are ever involved in a serious collision, you may like to know that you could be eligible for car accident compensation.