Experts often refer to the three-month stretch from Memorial Day to Labor Day as the “100 Deadliest Days” due to the high rates of serious car accidents. Teens, who find themselves with lots of free time as the school year winds down, are disproportionately affected and particularly at risk. According to the American Automobile Association, during that time period from 2008 to 2018, over 8,300 people died in crashes involving teens, more than seven people each day. Or, to put it in different terms, new teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly accident in comparison to adults.
This year, we should be extra prepared. The combination of COVID-19 restrictions, which have just started to let up, and typical summertime restlessness have created somewhat of a perfect storm. In fact, experts are concerned that the factors could collectively prove deadly. Our kids are eager to get on the road, but they also haven’t been out there in a while. If you’re the parent of a young driver, this is a crucial time to discuss driving safety with your teen.
Teen Driving Safety Isn’t a Seasonal Concern
We all need to be concerned with teen driving safety year-round, because car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens. They are more likely to be killed in an accident, and they also have the highest rates of accidents that are fatal for passengers.
These are the biggest factors in driving fatalities involving teens every summer.
Many teens report speeding, which significantly worsens accidents. In fact, according to new crash data from the AAA Foundation, in 47% of fatal teen crashes during summer, the driver was 10 mph over the speed limit on a residential street. In 40%, the driver was 15 mph over the speed limit on a freeway.
Driving Under the Influence
Every year, many of the teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were drinking.
More than half of teens report reading a text message or email. A little less than half have sent a text or email. Distracted driving remains one of the most urgent safety issues. And it’s important to remember that distractions are bigger than devices. Other passengers’ behaviors can be distracting, too.
The Power of Parents
It may not always seem like our kids are listening, but they are, well, for the most part. As parents, our voices can keep roads safer during the summer. So be sure to use yours. Here are some tips.
- Talk early and often about dangerous driving behavior, including speeding, distracted driving, and drinking and driving.
- Set a good example. Avoid engaging in risky behavior when you are behind the wheel.
- Make sure everyone’s on the same page about the rules, with a Parent-Teen Agreement.
Get Help From a Memphis Car Crash Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been the victim of another driver’s negligence, we are here for you and ready to fight until you receive the compensation you deserve.
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