The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is often referred to as the
“100 Deadliest Days” by road safety officials, emergency response
crews, and police. Over the past five years, more than 1,600 people were
killed in crashes involving inexperienced teen drivers during this timeframe
when the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15 percent
compared to the rest of the year due to the summer break and more inexperienced
drivers on the road. The following messages from the Indiana Bureau of
Motor Vehicles should help parents understand why inexperienced driver
awareness is needed all year-round but especially during the summer break months.
In addition, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s study,
Rates of Motor Vehicle Crashes, Injuries, and Deaths in Relation to Driver Age, analyzes crash rates per mile driven for all drivers and found that for
every mile on the road, drivers ages 16-17 years old are:
When you mix all of these poor driving habits and those statistics together
with more people traveling on highways, rural roads and city streets,
it’s easy to understand why summer is a high crash season for not
just teens drivers but all Hoosier road users.
In general, the number of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes increased
more than 10 percent from the previous year, according to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2015 crash data.
motor vehicle accident attorneys at Wagner Reese urge parents to play an active role in helping prevent
these deadly crashes by getting more involved and talking to their teens
about the dangers of risky behavior behind the wheel, we believe it isn’t
happening enough. Parents can help reduce the prevalence of these summertime
accidents and ultimately assist in saving lives by coaching their teens
to slow down, ignore distractions, and to avoid all temptations that point
to risky driving. This includes speeding, texting while driving, and driving
impaired by drugs and alcohol.
AAA has great resources and recommendations for parents to stay actively
involved in coaching their teens through the learning-to-drive process
We may not be able to accelerate our child’s accumulation of experience
behind the wheel, but we can provide life-saving insight and education,
and serve as an example by modeling good driving behaviors to reduce these
tragic teen crash statistics for good.
The attorneys at
Wagner Reese have more than 50 years of experience in representing people who have
been through a difficult injury and accident experience. If you would
like legal advice on an accident, our attorneys will review your information
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