100 Deadliest Days for Teens
With Memorial Day behind us and summer on the way, we are now in the period dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days” of the year. Every year between Memorial Day to Labor Day, there is a spike in the number of fatal traffic accidents. This is especially true in the case of teen drivers who are more likely to be out on the road due to the summer break from school.
Increased Number of Fatalities
Memorial Day and Labor Day are especially dangerous times to be on the roads in New Jersey as tourists flood the state to mark the unofficial start and end of summer. An average of seven traffic-related deaths occur on New Jersey roadways each Memorial Day. In 2016, the number of deaths resulting from car crashes reached 15. Many of these fatal crashes are a direct result of aggressive driving or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The summertime is also marked by a high number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, with an average of over 1000 fatalities nationwide during this period each year. During these 100 deadliest days, there is a 14 percent higher chance of a teen driver being involved in a fatal collision.
Common Causes of Teen Driving Accidents
With less experienced and training than older drivers, teens are more likely to be involved in fatal crashes throughout the year; but especially in the summertime.
Some of the most common causes of teen driving accidents include:
- Excessive speed
- Driving in nighttime or near dark conditions
- Distracted driving including talking or texting on cell phones
The American Automobile Association (AAA) encourages parents of teen drivers to make safe driving agreements in light of the increased risks during the 100 deadliest driving days of the summer.
High Risk New Jersey Roadways
Certain well-traveled locations throughout New Jersey are the frequent sites of fatal accidents during the 100 deadliest days. Locations such as the Garden State Parkway, Interstate 287 near Bridgewater, Route 10 in Hanover, Route 55 south of Deptford, and the New Jersey Turnpike have been the location of more than one fatal motor vehicle collision during the summer months.
Many drivers are more likely to engage in dangerous driving behaviors during the summer months. Law enforcement frequently cites the use of alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor in accidents taking place during this summertime period. Both state and local police often set up sobriety check points during this time in light of the increased risks.
Individuals injured in a car accident taking place during the 100 deadliest days can face significant medical expenses. Bodily injuries can range from broken bones and back injuries to traumatic brain injuries and internal bleeding. The costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation or therapy, medication, and x-rays can be a financial nightmare for the families of car accident victims. By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible driver, injured individuals can be compensated for their medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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