As trends often do, this one seems to resurface every year or so. Like most fads, young people looking to impress their peers tend to be the ones to latch on. Unlike some less complicated trends, however, this particular trend has more dangerous implications - car accidents often resulting in traumatic brain injury, physical disabilities and, worst case scenario, in fatalities. It's called car surfing (or and, unfortunately, the activity isn't even on most parents radars.
Car crashes are already one of the leading causes for teenage deaths in the United States. Car surfing is an added recipe for disaster, many times including volatile variables like unpredictable motor vehicles, young and inexperienced drivers, and the distractions that necessarily tend to accompany such events. Videos of people successfully completing the act have gone viral, inspiring others to follow suit. The videos should come with an admonishment that viewers "not try this at home," but many personal injury attorneys already know that such a warning probably wouldn't act as much of a deterrent. The videos are simply too attractive to thrill-seekers and deceptively fail to depict the associated risk for injury or death. With school out for the summer, and teens looking for thrills to compromise their free time, we are sure to see a resurgence of car surfing accidents.