It is always stressful for parents when their teenage children receive their driver’s licenses and head out onto the roads by themselves. Teens are, of course, relatively inexperienced and do not always have the driving skills to handle near-accidents or other stressful situations. Teen drivers are also more precarious and may speed or take other unsafe risks on the roads. While this puts the teen driver at risk of injuries, it also endangers all other motorists on the roads.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently reported1 that teen drivers caused 371,645 injuries and 2,927 deaths in 2013 alone. Additionally, AAA found that an estimated two-thirds of individuals who suffered injury or death in such accidents are not the teen driver who caused the accident. This means that people other than the parents of the teen should be concerned about teen driving risks. Anyone who has suffered injury in a car accident caused by a teen driver should consult with an auto accident attorney at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA as soon as possible.
Summer is particularly dangerous for teen drivers
When it comes to teen drivers, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is commonly referred to as the “100 Deadliest Days” because of the high incidence of auto accidents involving teens that cause fatal injuries. Summer is a dangerous time for teen driver accidents for many different reasons, including the following:
Free time – Without school everyday, sports, and other obligations, teenagers often have significantly more free time in the summer. They often spend their days driving around to different places with a car full of their friends. Spending more time on the roads, especially with distracting passengers, only increases the risk of accidents and injuries.
Less supervision from parents – Teenagers are also on the roads more during the summer because their parents are often at work while they have their days free. This not only means that teens are responsible for getting themselves from place to place, but also that they have more freedom to do so.
Texting and driving – With plenty of time on their hands to socialize, teens often spend their summers constantly making plans and communicating with friends via text and social media. Because new drivers often do not fully appreciate the risks of dangerous behaviors such as texting and driving, this can lead to serious accidents. Statistics reported by the U.S. government2 indicate that at least 25 percent of teen drivers admit to responding to one or more text messages each time they are behind the wheel off a car. Additionally, many of these drivers have extended text conversations that require them to constantly look away from the road.
Drinking and driving – Summertime often involves parties and get-togethers that also may include drinking. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH),3 underage drinking has increased substantially in recent years. Just like teens may not fully acknowledge the risks of distracted driving, they also often do not understand how dangerous driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol may be. Furthermore, teens may be hesitant to call their parents for a safe ride home since they would have to admit that they had been drinking.
Holidays – Holidays tend in to increase the risk of auto accidents in general and the increase applies to teen drivers, as well. Holidays often involve traveling, celebrations, and alcohol and summer celebrations can be particularly dangerous. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports4 that the 4th of July is one of the days of the year with the highest number of traffic fatalities.
An experienced Saint Petersburg auto accident lawyer can help you recover for your losses
Recovering for your injury-related losses after an accident caused by a teen driver requires that you demonstrate that the teen driver was negligent in some way. At the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA in St. Petersburg, Florida, our experienced car accident attorneys know how to investigate your accident and present adequate evidence to prove your claim. Please do not hesitate to call our office at 727-308-3472 for a free consultation today.
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