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Teen drivers become a threat during 100 deadliest days

On Behalf of | Jun 29, 2020 | Firm News

Commuting to and from Aberdeen, South Dakota, you regularly run the risk of being in a car crash. Perhaps you were in one through no fault of your own; you may have a valid personal injury case, then. It all depends on the other’s degree of negligence.

Teen driving crashes are often reported in this area, and their number tends to increase in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In fact, safety experts call this period the “100 deadliest days.” From 2008 to 2018, more than 8,300 people died in teen driving crashes nationwide during the 100 deadliest days.

How teen drivers tend to be negligent

AAA’s Traffic Safety Culture Index reveals the common ways that teen drivers tend to be unsafe. First of all, 72% of respondents aged 16 to 18 said they drove negligently or recklessly in the past 30 days. Of these, 47% admitted to speeding in a residential area, 40% to speeding on the freeway, 35% to texting and 32% to running red lights. Aggressive driving (31%), drowsy driving (25%) and not wearing a seatbelt (17%) were prominent as well.

It makes sense that teens would be in more crashes during the 100 deadliest days. Summer break leads to more teens on the road and more opportunities to party, which means more cases of drug and alcohol impairment.

How parents can keep their teens safe

Parents should have a driving agreement with their teens that lays down rules for safe driving. As the 100 deadliest days approach, parents should talk to their teens about the dangers of drowsy, distracted and impaired driving, among other things. They should set forth a good example, too, or their advice may not be taken seriously.

Legal representation at every step

By pursuing a personal injury case, you may be able to recover damages for the losses you incurred, such as your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. With a lawyer by your side, the process may become easier. He or she may handle all negotiations with the auto insurance company.