For teens, summer is synonymous with no school work, warm weather, and relaxation every day. With car keys eagerly in hand, many 16 and 17-year-olds look forward to using their newest- acquired means of freedom: a driver’s license.
While this is a much anticipated time of year for young people, it’s important to remember that it is not a time to relax behind the wheel. The time between Memorial Day in May and Labor Day in September has the highest number of teen driving fatalities.
Teen accidents increase so much each year during these months that AAA named it the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” Here are the biggest dangers for teen drivers.
Distracted driving is considered anything that takes your hands off the wheel, eyes off of the road, or mind off of driving. Many teenagers travel with friends during the summer, and surprisingly, the top distraction for teenagers is the presence of other passengers.
Teens typically lack the experience and skills that allow them to focus on the road while, for instance, talking to passengers. Other forms of driving distractions include texting and driving, electronic uses, and eating/drinking.
Speeding is one of the most common dangers of teen driving. This is a dangerous practice by itself, however, couple it with the fact that many teen drivers and low in skill and experience, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Driving Under the Influence
With more teens staying out late in the summer, some may be participating in illegal activities such as underage drinking or using other illegal substances. Unfortunately, driver impairment is another major cause of teen driving accidents and fatalities.
It’s important for parents to understand the risks that teens face and take steps necessary to keep them safe and promote safe driving practices. Always set a good example with your own driving practices and remind teens that driving is a privilege, not a right.
If your teen is injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact our Savannah personal injury lawyers for legal representation. Our team is here to give a voice to you and your family and fight hard for your full financial recovery.
Let us take the burden off of your shoulders. Contact Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys at (912) 809-5335 to discuss your legal options.