100 Deadliest Days Of Summer Increase Risks of Teen Car Accidents
During the summer months when school is out, teenagers are more likely to borrow the family car for getting to and from work or to hang out with friends. Unfortunately, young drivers generally lack the maturity and experience of their older counterparts, and are more likely to be involved in car accidents, putting themselves and others they encounter on the road at risk.
As part of a national campaign, the period between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day is known as the ‘100 Deadliest Days of Summer’. The goal is to call attention to the number of teen driving accidents each year, while offering tips for both parents and teenager on how these accidents can be prevented.
Teen Car Accident Statistics
According to the latest statistics from the American Automobile Association (AAA), new and inexperienced drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 are more than three times as likely to be in severe and potentially life threatening car accidents than older, more experienced adults. Each year, as many as 1,500 teens are killed in deadly crashes and collisions, while thousands of others suffer serious and disabling injuries. During the 100 deadliest days of summer, with more teen drivers on the road, this figure increases by roughly 15 percent. The AAA points to three common factors which are often involved in teen driving accidents:
- Distractions: Distracted driving is responsible for more than half of all accidents and includes using cell phones, and texting, as well as being distracted by passengers.
- Speeding: Roughly 30 percent of all teen accidents involve speeding, which includes exceeding posted speed limits and driving too fast for conditions.
- Not wearing a seatbelt: Whether as drivers or as passengers in a vehicle driven by a teen driver, not wearing a seat belt is a factor in as much as 60 percent of all fatal teen driving accidents.
Tips For Preventing Teen Car Accidents
To protect your teen and to ensure they are not a danger to other drivers, parents are encouraged to talk to their children about these statistics, and to encourage young drivers to take the necessary safety precautions when behind the wheel.
The National Safety Council (NSC) offers resources for parents, which include computer based training to improve collision avoidance skills, weekly digital tips offering driving pointers for teens, and a parent-teen contract, which outlines rules such as obeying all traffic laws and wearing a seat belt at all times. Additional tips for parents include:
- Limit the number of passengers permitted in the vehicle;
- Limit driving on nights and weekends, when accidents are more likely to occur;
- Model good driving behavior for your teen;
- Restrict driving privileges if they get a ticket.
If you are the parent of a teen involved in an accident or have been injured by a teen driver, contact the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. Out West Palm Beach car accident attorneys understand the devastating consequences these accidents can have, and can advise you on how to get the compensation you need to recover. Call or contact our office online and request a free consultation.