For most teenagers, summer means freedom from school, parties with friends, and even graduation. Many teens will be spending their last summer at home before they head off to college. While the festivities can be exciting, parents and teens should be aware of the dangers they face on the road. May kicks off the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers: from Memorial Day though graduation, summer and Labor Day.
Many teens will be driving for the first time this summer. Others will be revisiting summer fun with their oldest friends. Teen drivers and their passengers should be aware that with all of the summer fun to be had on the road, no adventure is worth a fatal accident or injury. According to AAA, car accidents are the primary cause of death among teenager. The period from Memorial Day to Labor Day mark the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers. Our Charlotte car accident attorneys are experienced in handling cases involving tragic teen fatalities.
Teen driving accident rates spike in the summer for a number of reasons. Teens often take to the road with a care free attitude. Inexperience and distractions caused by cell phones, friends, and music can be a deadly combination. Accident rates also simply go up because teens are not in school and have more free time to drive around with their friends.
Parents may recognize that teens are partying more during the summer. They may be taking off to the beach, a weekend camping trip, or “cruising the strip” with friends. When teens get together for prom or graduation, they may throw rules, even laws, out the window. This disregard for safety has proven to be dangerous, and deadly, for teen drivers. In the summer from 2005 to 2009, 7,300 American teens died in fatal collisions.
Accidents often involve speeding, drinking and driving, drag racing, or distracted driving. Inexperienced drivers are less equipped to respond to dangerous conditions or encounters. Teen drivers should be more aware and conscious, especially during this time of the year.
Parents can help to protect their teens by making sure they are informed about the dangers of distracted driving. Drinking and driving is another known danger and teens should never get into a vehicle with another driver who is under the influence. When sending your teen out on the road, remember to advise them of common dangers on the road.
Unfortunately, even parents who take all of the necessary precautions have been the victims of a fatal teen accident. If you or someone you love has been involved in a teen car crash or collision, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your losses, including lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any other personal or financial losses you have endured. Our firm is experienced in the investigation of even the most complex accident claims and will collaborate with experts when necessary to uncover and preserve all relevant evidence in your case. We will focus on identifying all responsible parties and will aggressively pursue the full financial recovery you are entitled to.
If your teen suffered in a car crash, contact the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
Summer vacation is deadliest time for teen drivers, Newsplex, May 13, 2013