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Two very dangerous teen car fads

Teen drivers have very little experience and much to learn about driving, which potentially makes them a risk even when they've completed their training and understand the rules of the road. Unfortunately, the danger they pose, both to each other and to other drivers, could be increased by some dangerous car-related fads.

First, there's car surfing. As the name suggests, this is when teens get on the top of the car and try to ride it while staying outside of the vehicle. Some stand on the bumper, others on the roof and still others on the hood.

Some believe it's safe to do it in a parking lot, perhaps knowing the odds of being caught are lower. However, the dangers are very real, and car-surfing accidents -- even at low speeds -- have led to fatalities.

Another fad is known as trunking. This started because some teens are restricted regarding who they can ride with. Unable to have friends in the car with them, they sometimes put other teens in the trunk, hiding them from view.

This fad has spread even to states where these restrictions don't apply. Some teens use trunking as a way to pack more people into the vehicle than would otherwise fit. If only one teen in a group of seven has a car and everyone wants to go to the movies together, for example, one friend may think nothing of riding there in the trunk.

Of course, in the event of an accident, the teen in the trunk could be killed or very severely injured.

As these fads show, teens are willing to take unnecessary risks with their vehicles, an attitude that can impact the way they drive on a daily basis. When this mindset leads to accidents and injuries, it's critical for those who are hurt to know what rights they have to compensation.

Source: She Knows, "10 Dangerous teen challenges that could land your kid in the ER," Bethany Ramos, accessed May 23, 2017

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