Teenager Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident off U.S. 69 in Port Arthur, TX
Port Arthur, TX — July 8, 2023, a teenager was injured due to a single-vehicle car accident at around 6:45 a.m. along U.S. Highway 69/Memorial Boulevard.
According to initial statements on the crash, it happened at the interchange with U.S. 69 and Highway 73. Details suggest that a 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of a Jeep Patriot going southbound on U.S. 69. The vehicle was reportedly taking the exit to go eastbound on Highway 73, but it left its lane and crashed into the guardrail, causing the vehicle to flip off road.
The teen driver reportedly had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Authorities said unsafe speed was a factor in the crash, but they also say the driver told them her steering wheel may have locked up while taking the exit ramp. What steps did they take to confirm this or otherwise rule it out? My concern is with teen drivers, authorities can be a lot more biased in assuming the driver was just being irresponsible. But did they have an engineer look at the car? Did they actually follow up on the possibility the steering wheel messed up? If not, how can they be sure something like this won't happen again?