According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day marks what the association calls the “100 deadliest days of summer” for teen drivers. Automobile collisions are already a leading cause of death for adolescents, but the AAA estimates that approximately 30% of annual crashes that involve teens from the ages of 16 to 19 occur during the summer months.
The heightened risk of being involved in a car crash during the 100 deadliest days of summer is significant for teen drivers. Data from the AAA shows how for every mile new teen drivers drive, they are three times more likely to be in a deadly crash as compared to experienced, adult drivers. All in all, more than seven people die in crashes that involve teenagers every day during the summer months.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that certain risk factors play a part in the heightened dangers that teen drivers and young passengers face on the road. These factors include:
Even though some accidents are bound to happen, there are plenty of topics that parents and caretakers can speak to their teens about in order to help them stay safe while driving and when riding as a passenger in someone else’s vehicle. By taking certain precautionary measures, teens can lower their chances of being involved in catastrophic or deadly accidents. The AAA suggests that parents conduct a minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice driving with their teen to hone in on critical skills and to help your young driver become more familiar behind the wheel. Here are some of the association’s other helpful tips:
If you would like to read more of the AAA’s tips for keeping teen drivers safe, you can visit: https://exchange.aaa.com/safety/teen-driver-safety/.
Although teens face increased car accident-related injury risks, that does not mean that every accident they get into is their fault. Car crash victims are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, property damages, and for any pain or suffering that results from the collision regardless of their age. If your teen was in a car accident, it is a good idea to discuss the details with an automobile accident attorney who can examine the case from every angle and who will fight for the best legal outcome.
The attorneys at Galfand Berger, LLP, have a longstanding history of representing injured car crash victims. Our firm represented a client who sustained a fractured leg and fractured pelvis after being in a car accident. Although the insurance company that defended the case attempted to get our client to accept a low settlement offer, we advised our client to decline and took the case to trial instead. The jury returned a $1,000,000 verdict in favor of our client. You can read more about this case here.
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