Sep 18

Car Accident Caused By Trying to Light Driver’s Armpit Hair on Fire – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

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Car accidents can happen in the weirdest way. Teenagers can act in the weirdest way. Put them today and it can spell disaster.

Parents now have added reason to worry about who is driving or riding with their teenagers. According to, an Idaho car accident resulting in a rollover and two girls being ejected was caused a prank. An 18-year-old driver flipped his SUV after the front seat passenger thought it would be funny to light the driver’s armpit hair on fire with a lighter. As a result, the SUV rolled over and two 15- and 16-years girls were thrown from the vehicle. The driver and two passengers — ages 16 and 17 — were also injured in the car accident.

The 16-year-old boy in the passenger seat was cited for interfering with the driver’s safe operation of a vehicle.

Teenagers in the car with a teenager driver significantly multiplies the risk of car accidents. Loud music, texting while driving, and distracting the driver are three reasons why car accidents occur. Now, we can add the risk of lighting armpit hair on fire to the list.

After doing personal injury law for over 20 years, little surprises me now. However, this is the first that I have heard of such stupidity. To put his friends in danger and others on the road in danger of a car accident is reckless. I hope this 16-year-old’s punishment is far more than the citation.

Drive safely but watch out for others who don’t.


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  1. Fred Summers 4 Jun 2015 | reply

    Its amazing how irresponsible some people can be. This is why insurance for teenagers are so high and it really punishes those that do drive safe. I agree that the guilt of hurting their friends is probably worse than anything the law could do. Its important to teach them to be responsible and be a good example yourself.

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