Are Car Accident Rates Increasing Due to More Teenage Drivers on the Road During Summer?
Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Jul 19, 2017
Summer months are a time when Americans find the freedom to get out and about, take vacations, and visit family and friends. That means it is also a time when public roads and highways see more traffic than they usually do. As such, Summer has been known to pose increased risks of car accidents, especially among teenage and novice drivers who are out of school and enjoying summer vacation.
Because the risks of teen driver accidents increase so substantially during the summer months, researchers from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety have dubbed the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer. This is due to some alarming data:
- Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers
- Teen drivers have the highest crash rate among any motorist
- During the summer, nearly 300 teens are killed in auto accidents per month – an almost 30% increase compared to other months during the year.
- Distracted driving plays a role in over 60% of teen driver crashes
During the summer, teens and young adults are intent on having fun. This means plenty of time in the car with their friends. However, all teens, and their parents, need to be aware of the risks they face and how to best manage those risks. This includes remembering a few important tips:
- Avoid distractions – Avoiding distractions is one of the most important things a driver can do behind the wheel. Texting, using a cell phone, and even talking to passengers are all dangerous forms of distraction that take one’s attention off the road and away from the main task of safely operating a vehicle. Texting and cell phone use in particular are incredibly dangerous, and can increase crash risks by as much as 23x.
- Drive sober – Even though teens may not be of legal age when it comes to alcohol consumptions, teens die at alarming rates in drunk driving wrecks. Make sure teens understand the importance of always driving sober, and that if they ever are under the influence, that they should never get behind the wheel under any circumstances. The consequences as well as the profound losses that can result are far too much of a price to pay.
- Safe habits – Drivers always need to prioritize safety in everything they do. This means always following at safe distances, traveling at safe speeds (especially in speed-reduced zones), using turn signals, using headlights, and scanning one’s surroundings prior to any vehicle move.
In addition to teen drivers, there are also other factors that can increase accident rates during summer. This includes more out-of-town motorists sharing the roads and highways. After all, tourists not familiar with local laws or landscape can make dangerous driving errors that lead to accidents. As such, you should protect yourself by always following at a safe distance (since tourist drivers may make sudden moves), driving at safe speeds, and signaling your intent.
While summer poses unique risks on our roads that demands increased vigilance, even the most precautious driver can fall victim to negligence. When you suffer harm in a preventable car accident caused by another’s negligent or careless act, you have a right to recover your damages by pursuing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. At Salvador Phillips, PLLC, our Phoenix personal injury lawyers can help you get started. Contact us for a free consultation!