Teenage Driving in Auburn, CA

Teenage Driving in Auburn, CA

Teenage Driving in Auburn, CA

I’m Ed Smith, an Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorney in Auburn, CA. A woman living on a residential street in Auburn, California posted a video of dangerous teenage driving on her street, and it went viral on Facebook overnight. The popularity of the post about potential automobile accidents in her neighborhood, primarily caused by teenagers from the nearby Placer High School, has raised serious questions about the school’s responsibility toward not only its students, but the surrounding community.

WATCH: Finley Street Crash Auburn CA. This is the video captured by Megan Muller. Posted on Youtube by The AJ.

Speeding Teenage Drivers

Resident Megan Muller lives on Finley Street in Auburn, CA. While the neighborhood is not notorious among local police officers or the California Highway Patrol for road dangers, Muller says that she’s grown more concerned recently about speeding teenage drivers on her street, particularly before and after school, and during the short lunch break.

Truck Full of Teenage Boys Hits Tree in Auburn

Muller began filming drivers outside her home to prove that speeding was a serious problem in her neighborhood. The video she uploaded on Tuesday, January 19th, began with an off-camera squealing of tires as a vehicle lost control on the wet streets. Then, a black pickup truck rumbles through the frame, with four teenage boys inside. The truck, off-camera again, hits a tree with an unmistakable crunch after skidding into oncoming traffic.

Pedestrians Could Have Been Hurt

While all of the students survived the crash – only one of the boys had to be taken to the hospital for a leg injury, while the other three left unscathed – Muller says that the accident could have been much worse, since a group of pedestrians had walked down that side of the street just ten minutes prior to the crash.

Ignoring the 25 MPH zone

Part of the problem is that drivers moving through the neighborhood have been ignoring a 25 mph speed limit sign which went up six months prior to Muller’s video posting. Another, larger problem, however, is the question of Placer High’s responsibility in creating an unsafe situation involving numerous teenage drivers. The school has an open campus, which allows students to leave for lunch, and students with access to vehicles tend to drive to the nearby Foresthill Exit to get fast food.

Speed Trap Nets Six Teenage Drivers Speeding

Two days after Muller’s video went viral on social media, Auburn police officers posted speed traps along the street for the school day. Sergeant Chris Forman caught six high school drivers speeding through the neighborhood, including one student who had a provisional license and should not have been driving other underage passengers. He said that the residential Auburn street had suffered three auto accidents in the past year alone, two of which occurred the evening he patrolled.

Statistics on Teenage Drivers

Placer High School Principal Pete Efstathiu said that the school notifies students through bulletins during the entire school year that they must drive safely. Unfortunately, teenagers are one of the most statistically dangerous groups of drivers – nationwide, in 2013 alone, 2,163 children between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed in auto accidents, and over 240,000 suffered serious injuries and had to be taken to the emergency room – and the open campus might contribute to the road safety problem that Muller documented. Placer High students are still under the Education Code when they leave campus, meaning their poor behavior can still be disciplined, but the Code says nothing about speeding while driving.

Teenage drivers are inexperienced, and often over-estimate their capacity to multitask while driving. The most common causes of auto accidents like the one Muller documented are called “critical errors,” like lack of scanning for road hazards, distracted driving, and, of course, speeding.

Auburn, CA Auto Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, an Auburn Auto Accident Attorney with the most informative accident website available –  I have been practicing personal injury law exclusively since 1982.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or lost their life in an auto accident, truck crash, or motorcycle crash due to the negligence of another, call me now at 916-921-6400 for free, friendly advice. Or toll free at (800) 404-5400. Please read more about me here: Yelp, Avvo, and Google.

I’m a member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a group of national personal injury attorneys who have Million Dollar Verdicts and settlements.

Read our past verdicts and settlements here.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons CHP_Police_Interceptor_Utility_Vehicle.jpg

Client Reviews

  • Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!
  • Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation.
  • Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything.
  • Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime.
  • I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone.
  • Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury.