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June 23, 2016
Session 19 Blog

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First, watch this short news clip about a deadly crash that occured in Kewaskum, Wisconsin during the summer of 2014.  

Next, write a 5-7 sentence comment based on the following questions. Make sure you use proper spelling and grammar to create a clear and concise response. Also make sure to abide by the rules of the blog. Remember, when you are done leaving your comment to close this tab to return back to the session page.

  • The teens lost control of their car.  What do you believe might have been reasons other than the weather that could have contributed to this?
  • What does "reasonable and prudent speed" mean?
  • Do you think the lack of driving experience may have played a role in this crash?
  • This crash happened at 8:30 am.  Is that significant?


On June 13, 2018 Rachel Holmes said...

I think the fact that they were teen drivers, and probably inexperienced, could have played a roll in the accident. If the driver was distracted by his passenger, then that also could contribute to why they crashed. I think "reasonable and prudent speed" means that the speed should be the safest and most logical in whatever the situation is on the roadway. I do think lack of experience played a roll because if the driver did not know how to drive in that kind of weather, he could have panicked and therefore lost control of the situation. Because it happened so early in the morning, the boy was probably tired and not completely aware of what was going on. He was probably not very focused and that can lead to loss of control.

On June 11, 2018 Katie Peters said...

Although weather can have a huge role when driving, it isn't always the only factor. Another factor in this sad story could have been that the driver was not experienced with this type of weather fully. I get this idea because the news station said that they were high school students. I think that "reasonable and prudent" means that the speed that was posted refers to a speed that is the most safe at any situation at hand. I think that a lack of experience played a big role. I think that the time is very important because the driver could have been tired or not as awake as they needed to be.

On June 10, 2018 Natalie Gassert said...

While I'm sure the weather played the biggest role in this crash, the time it occurred and the age and experience of the victims themselves played a big role too. It was only 8:30 in the morning, so slower responses and drowsier behavior were most likely present, and the rain surely wasn't helping. I would say that "reasonable and prudent speed" is referring to the idea of fully acknowledging the conditions of the roads and the area around the driver, and driving with an according speed that is safe considering those conditions. Lack of driving experience may have played a role, but slick roads and early mornings could catch anyone off guard while driving, regardless of the number of years they've been driving. I think the time that the crash occurred is definitely a factor. When it is early in the morning, it is easy to be susceptible to the slow, tired feeling, which definitely would have altered a person's driving capabilities.

On June 08, 2018 Brianna Cypcar said...

Many factors could have caused the teen behind the wheel to lose control of his vehicle. Besides the bad weather, his friend in the car could have distracted him, he was probably tired early that morning, and the fact that he did not have much experience driving could have been contributing factors in this accident. "Reasonable and prudent speed" is a term used for the practical speed you should be traveling on a roadway based on the present weather conditions. Although the speed limit may be 35 mph, if freezing rain if falling from the sky, then obviously you should travel at a slower speed that is reasonable for the weather condition. Inexperience was most likely a huge factor. When a driver doesn't have much experience, he/she tends to struggle more with making split second decisions, proper judgement, and driving in bad weather conditions. Also, the fact that it happened early in the morning could mean that the teen was very tired, and that could have affected his driving. Don't lose control, just drive!

On June 08, 2018 Claire Becker said...

I believe the teens lost control of their car due to their speed being too fast for the weather. As it was raining, it was safer to go slower than the posted speed limit, but their inexperience at driving in poor weather could have led to the disaster. Driving at a "reasonable and prudent" speed means that the driver is taking the weather into account when determining their speed to remain safe and in control. Additionally, their lack of driving experience probably played a role because they were not used to driving in rainy conditions, so the men didn't know to slow down. The teens could have crashed their car at 8:30 due to fatigue from staying up too late, and they may have been less likely to watch their speeds on a less-traveled road in the morning. Overall, I believe their increased speed, inexperience, and fatigue may have led to the crash.

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