MIDDLETOWN – Police reported that an 8-year-old boy behind the wheel of a car his father was working. He crashed into another vehicle and was injured in an accident this Sunday morning.

It was the boy’s father who commanded his son to put the car in drive to help test its brakes. The boy panicked and jumped from the moving vehicle around 10:30 a.m. on Monmouth Parkway near Port Monmouth Road. The car crashed into a parked car, causing a chain reaction into another car.

The boy injured his leg and hit his grandmother, who was standing nearby. Grandmother suffered an arm injury. No charges have been filed but an investigation is ongoing.

National Institutes of Health revealed new findings from brain explained for the first time why efforts to protect the youngest drivers usually fail. Scientists at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., discovered that this vital area develops through the teenage years and isn’t fully mature until age 25. Although one 16-year-old’s brain might be more developed than another 18-year-old’s, just as a younger teen might be taller than an older one. But evidence is mounting that a 16-year-old’s brain is generally far less developed than those of teens just a little older.

The research seems to help explain why 16-year-old drivers crash at far higher rates than older teens. The studies have convinced a growing number of safety experts that 16-year-olds are too young to drive safely without supervision.

Accident victims have rights. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, wage loss and medical bills. Contact an experienced  car accident lawyer now for a free consultation..

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