Teen Car Accidents Rise in Summer Months
Teenagers are among the drivers with the least experience, so perhaps it is not surprising that they have the highest crash rate of any age group. Unfortunately, these accidents are often fatal. Year after year, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teenagers. Those involved in a teen car crash, whether passengers, pedestrians, or occupants of other vehicles, are also more likely to be fatally injured. This makes those accidents a problem for everyone, not just teens and their families.
The summer months see a huge increase in fatal car crashes involving teens. This is most likely because the summer schedule makes it possible for teens to get together and hit the road more frequently than when school is in session. The rate of fatal teen car crashes is as much as 26 percent higher in summer than in other months of the year, resulting in an average of 260 teens dying every single month of the summer. Over the summer months of the past five years, more than 5,000 people died in car accidents in which teens were at the wheel.
Causes of Teen Car Accidents
A stunning 60 percent of teen car accidents are caused by distracted driving. Fifteen percent of teen crashes happen because the driver was talking to or otherwise involved with other passengers in the vehicle. For a 16 or 17 year-old driver, carrying a passenger younger than 21 increases their risk of being fatally injured in an accident by 44 percent. Each additional passenger under 21 doubles that risk.
The second highest cause of distracted driving is cell phones. Many of today’s teens grew up texting instead of talking. They are part of a generation that socializes through their cell phones. One out of every eight teen crashes involves a cell phone.
The third highest cause of distracted driving for teens is looking for or at something inside the vehicle. This could mean trying to retrieve something that has fallen in the car like food or a phone, or applying makeup while driving.
Preventing Teen Car Accidents
There are many important steps parents can take to protect teen drivers, especially during the summer months when they are more at risk.
- Cell phones should not be available while driving.
- Limit the number of other teens allowed in the car when your teen is driving.
- Talk to your teen about the dangers of distracted driving. In addition to cell phone, use this also includes socializing with friends, eating, smoking, grooming, programming the navigation system or other technology available in the car, and using the radio.
- Let your teen know that they do not have to ride with a friend who has been drinking or doing drugs and that you will pick them up instead. Remind them that, not only is drunk driving dangerous, it is illegal and getting arrested can ruin many future opportunities. It also has financial repercussions in the form of fines, increased insurance rates, and attorney’s fees.
South Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at Williams Cedar LLC Represent Victims of Distracted Driving Car Accidents
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