100 Deadliest Days of Summer & Personal Injury
While the warmer months are typically synonymous with fun and relaxation or gathering around a mouthwatering barbecue, they’re also known by those who study accidents on roadways as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” These days refer to the period of time that stretches between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the number of vehicle fatalities involving teen drivers reaches a tragic peak.
Because our attorneys here at Jorgensen Law have worked very closely with clients who have suffered accidents of their own, we understand the personal and familial trauma that often occurs after a crash. So, we want to point out some of the behaviors that can lead to distracted driving, especially for teens.
BEHAVIOR NO. 1: DIGITAL DISTRACTION
According to the AAA Foundation’s latest Traffic Safety Culture Index report, 52% of teen drivers have read a text message or email while driving in the past 30 days. While law enforcement struggles to accurately detect the number of crashes resulting from driving and texting, additional research from the AAA report using in-vehicle dashcam videos of teen driver crashes found distraction was involved in 58% of teen crashes, approximately four times as many as federal estimates.
BEHAVIOR NO. 2: IGNORING THE SPEEDOMETER
While speeding is generally regarded as a nationwide bad habit, teens seem to be just as susceptible to disregarding traffic signs as adults are. The AAA report determined that 49.7% of teen drivers reported speeding in residential and public roadways within their last month of driving. Since speeding increases the severity of a crash should it occur, all drivers (especially teens) should avoid it all costs.
BEHAVIOR NO. 3: FILLING THE CAR
Since kids are out of school for the summer, they have more free time to spend their days adventuring together. But studies show that when a teen driver has more than one passenger in the car, their ability to focus on the road wavers. While there will certainly be instances where piling in several passengers will be necessary, encourage your child to only travel with a few friends when possible.
Because our personal injury attorneys work closely with clients who have been in accidents, we understand the pain, frustration, and stress following an accident, and we want to be there to help. Call our office today for your FREE consultation!