• Why is Summer the Most Dangerous Time for Teen Drivers?

    teen texting an drivingOne of the most frightening things you’ll have to face as a parent is the time when your child becomes a driver. It’s a new level of freedom for them, and certainly can inspire pride in you, but it also invokes a fair amount of appropriately-experienced terror: even if you have confidence in your kid, there’s always the question of how responsible the “other guy” on the road is and an ever-present fear of car crashes and injuries.

     

    If you have a teen driver, one thing that’s important for you to know is that summer is the most dangerous time of year. A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration referred to the time period starting on Memorial Day and going past Labor Day as the “100 deadliest days” because it is the time when teen drivers are most at risk for car crashes – especially if they are first-year drivers. It is when drivers are most inexperienced and most likely to take unnecessary risks such as texting, riding in a car without fastening their seatbelt, and exceeding state laws imposing restrictions on the number of passengers riding with young drivers.  These issues exist all year long, but are heightened when school is out of session, days are longer, curfews are later, and there are plenty of parties going on. Add an uptick in road construction during warm weather months and it’s a real recipe for disaster.

     

    As a parent, there are certain steps you can take to minimize your teen’s level of risk. Though there’s been a tremendous amount of attention on the important issue of texting and driving, statistics reveal that driving with too many passengers in the car may represent an even greater risk. In fact, the National Safety Council revealed that when a teen driver has a passenger in the car with them it increases the risk of a fatal car crash by 44 percent. Check your state’s laws to see what rules are imposed, but whether it’s the law or not you can impose passenger restrictions on your child, just as you can stress the use of seatbelts and the dangers of texting, and restrict night driving by imposing a curfew – if not for your child, then for when your child can be in a car.

     

    If you or someone you love has been injured in a car crash, a personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights. Call us today to set up a free consultation.

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