Memorial Day Signals Beginning of Teen Driving Season
For teen drivers, the time span between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 deadliest days.” Nationally, an average of 260 teens are killed per month in auto crashes during this stretch – over 25% higher than other months of the year. They’re also most likely to be to be involved in crashes resulting in the deaths of passengers, pedestrians, and occupants/riders of other vehicles.
Various factors account for this tragic pattern of events. With high school and college classes in the rearview mirror until fill, and many students working part- to full-time jobs, many more teen drivers hit the roadways. A surge of teen drivers means a surge of inexperienced drivers. Many simply lack practice behind the wheel to avoid costly miscalculations.
Immaturity plays a role, too. The rules of the road might be ditched – 35% of teen crashes involve speeding—and distracted driving is a plague. Other age groups are guilty of these offenses as well, but not at the disproportionately high levels of teen drivers.
Underage drinking and driving is always a concern, as summer parties, cookouts, etc., take center stage. However, more drunk-driving fatalities are attributed to the 21-24 and 25-34 age groups.
Parents can help their teen children by:
- Setting a good example. Following the rules of the road, buckling up, turning off the cell phone, and displaying patience with other drivers.
- Talking to their teen(s) about the risks of driving. Apparent disinterest doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t listening.
- Never condone underage drinking, even at home.
- Encouraging your child/children to avoid riding with a friend who has been drinking or using drugs.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by underage drinking, or because of a teen driver, contact the experienced car accident injury lawyers at Bell & Pollock, P.C.