Summer is right around the corner, and so is the excitement that comes with it. Many teenagers anticipate this time of the year when they are out of school and can utilize their newly-acquired driver’s licenses.
Before letting your young drivers take off with the car keys, it’s important to be mindful of the increased dangers they face during the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.
First, Some Statistics
Year after year, the number of fatal teen accidents increases during the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. These increased rates are so consistent each year that AAA dubbed it the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” Let’s take a look at some relevant statistics:
- Teenagers have the highest crash rate of any age group
- An average of 260 teens die in car crashes each month during the summer, an increase of 26% compared to others of the year
- Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens
Teens are more likely to engage in reckless or dangerous driving behaviors, such as:
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Disobeying traffic laws
On top of that, many young drivers don’t have many years of driving experience and can make poor decisions behind the wheel. Oftentimes, all of these factors combined lead to teen accidents and put everyone at risk, including drivers, other vehicle occupants, pedestrians, and motorcyclists.
Keeping Teen Drivers Safe
Keeping teens safe also increases the safety of roads for everyone. Parents, make sure your teen drivers are aware of just how dangerous reckless driving can be and help them stay safe with a few extra precautions:
- Limit their passengers
- Make sure they obey all traffic laws
- Set driving curfews so they aren’t on the road at night
- Remind teens to reach out to you
- Set a good example of safe driving practices
If your teen is injured this summer or if you are injured by a teen driver, it’s imperative to seek legal counsel. The New Orleans car accident attorneys at The Chopin Law Firm are here to investigate the cause of your accident and help you pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.