Summer is just around the corner, and many teens are looking forward to their time off of school when they can hang out with friends and utilize their newly acquired driver’s licenses. Before you readily give the car keys to your teen driver, you should be wary of the risks that they face.
The time in between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer” due to an annual increase in fatal teen accidents during the summer months.
First, Some Statistics
Understanding the entirety of this problem is crucial to taking the rights steps in order to help your teens stay safe. Here are some statistics you need to know about the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer:
- Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens.
- Teens have the highest crash rate of all age groups.
- Teens aged 16-19 years old are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 years or older to be involved in a deadly crash.
- On average, 260 teens are killed each year during the 100 Deadliest Days, a 26% increase compared to other months.
Preventing Fatal Teen Accidents
Some of the most common causes of fatal teen accidents, especially during summer months, include:
- Impaired Driving. Pressure to drink and drive can lead to impaired teen drivers on the road.
- Speeding. Speeding and other negligent driving practices are a common cause of fatal teen accidents.
- Distractions. Cell phones, passengers, food, daydreaming, and sound systems can all be distractions for teen drivers.
- Inexperience. Without years of driving experience, many teens do not have the skills necessary to act responsibly behind the wheel or make last-second decisions.
Parents, it’s important that you talk to your teen drivers and set rules in order to maximize their safety. For instance, you can set rules that they:
- Put their phones on “do not disturb” mode while driving to prevent them from texting behind the wheel.
- Can only have one passenger in their vehicle at once.
- Always wear a seat belt.
- Are only allowed to drive during daylight hours.
Helping Your Family Move Forward
If you, your teen, or another family member is injured during this year’s 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, know that Aizenman Law Group is standing by ready to help your family through tough times. No matter how big or small your case, we are committed to providing all clients with the care and attention that they need while fighting hard to ensure a favorable outcome in their favor.
Contact our Tulsa car accident attorneys at 631-769-8431 to learn more about your potential legal options. We offer no-fee, no-obligation consultations and answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.