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Why summer is a chance to talk to teens about safe driving

Teenagers are at an increased risk of being involved in a fatal accident between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

For most teenagers, the summer months bring a much needed break from school and homework. However, for those young drivers, the summer months can also be particularly deadly. In fact, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are referred to as the ‘100 Deadliest Days’ by the AAA since
fatal accidents involving teenagers are 14 percent more likely to happen during this period. That is why the summer months are the perfect opportunity for parents to talk to their teenage children about road safety.

The 100 Deadliest Days

As FOX 17 News reports, in 2016 more than 1,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving teenagers between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That averages out to about ten fatalities per day, which is a fatality rate approximately 14 percent higher than for the rest of the year.

There are a number of reasons why summer is more dangerous for teen drivers. Because most teenagers are out of school, they are more likely to be driving more. Also, they are more likely to be taking longer road trips to areas where they may be unfamiliar with their surroundings. Finally, because school is out, teen drivers are more likely to be driving at night during the summer months. Approximately 36 percent of all vehicle fatalities involving teenage drivers happen between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Talking to young drivers

Those statistics are a reminder of why parents need to talk to their teenage children about driving safely, especially when school is out. Some advice that teens should be told applies to all drivers, such as always wearing a seatbelt, not texting or talking on the phone while driving, and not drinking and driving.

As WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News reports, it is important to set down rules with teen drivers about who they can drive with and how long they can be out for. Having friends in the car can be very distracting, especially for new and inexperienced drivers, which is why parents should set a limit on how many people their children can have with them in the car. Furthermore, because the risk of an accident is higher at night, it is important to give young drivers a strictly enforced curfew.

Personal injury law

A vehicle accident can be traumatic and can lead to numerous physical, emotional, and financial difficulties. Anybody who has been hurt in an accident should contact a personal injury attorney for help as soon as possible. An attorney can advise clients about what they may be able to do after an accident, including if and how they can pursue financial compensation to help them during the recovery process.