Longer days. Warm weather. Vacations. No school. Summer. As we rapidly enter and progress through the summer months, it is wise to recognize the dangers that teen drivers – and those who share the roads with them – face on a daily basis.
Through years of study, data gathering and thorough data analysis, the AAA has coined the phrase “100 Deadliest Days” in reference to teen driving. The summer driving season is impacted by the influx of young drivers, the desire to multitask while behind the wheel and longer days. Not to mention the propensity for lengthy road trips and the possibility of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Truly, the summer months, which, according to the study, begin on Memorial Day weekend, can be deadly.
USA Today reported on the AAA study by noting that, if past years are any indication, about 1,000 people will die in crashes involving teen drivers over the summer months. In fact, crashes for drivers aged 16 to 19 increase significantly during this time of the year – pushing the average number of deaths up 16 percent. Based on NHTSA crash data, the AAA found that, on average, more than 10 people die each day during the 100 days after Memorial Day.
What can be done?
Education seems to be the first line of defense. Technology plays such a large role in a teen driver’s life that it is almost unthinkable for a young driver to go without. Unfortunately, cell phone use is a major source of distraction. From texting while driving, talking on the phone, using a navigation system or simply choosing a song to listen to, the use of a cell phone while driving can represent cognitive, manual and visual distractions. By understanding the dangers they face, teens can hopefully make the right choice and focus their attention on driving rather than distracting activities.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a teen driver, it is wise to discuss your legal options with a skilled car collision attorney.