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Summertime Deemed the “100 Deadliest Days” for Teen Drivers

This past week Chicago has felt its temperatures soar up into the 80’s. While most are thankful for this long-awaited warm weather after a grueling long cold winter, our attorneys wish to bring to your attention to driver safety information as we enter into the summer season.

What our readers may or may not know is that summertime has been named the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. According to an article by CNN, Memorial Day starts these 100 deadliest days that lasts from Memorial Day through Labor Day. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 alone, nearly 1000 people were killed in crashes involving teenage drivers nationwide during this period.

As always, younger drivers are cause for concern because they have less experience on the road and therefore have not had years to hone their safe and defensive driving skills compared to more seasoned drivers. Out of the 1000 deaths mentioned above, 550 of those who died were teen drivers.

There are several factors that make summer an especially dangerous time for teen drivers. Being on break from school, teenagers are driving more often than during the school year. Their drives may be recreational too, which means they are not taking their normal route to school or practice, but instead driving on unfamiliar roads and routes.

Another major concern with teen drivers during the summer is that they often travel with friends, which can increase distractions and dangers to teen drivers. Teen drivers are more likely to engage in conversation, play music or even call or text others with friends in the car, and these distractions can be deadly.

Like texting or talking on the phone while driving, a driver’s attention is taken away from the road and other drivers when they engage with others in the vehicle. However, while engaging with an electronic device may take away attention for only a moment, a teenage friend who is a passenger takes away their attention for the entire drive. In fact, the National Safety Council states that where a teen driver has a passenger, the risk of a fatal crash increases by 44%. Our attorneys have reminded readers in the past that it only takes moments of distraction for a serious motor vehicle accident to occur.

Another factor that makes summer such a dangerous time for teens is night-time driving. Social events usually take place at night, such as going to parties, movies, or out to eat. For all drivers, especially inexperienced ones like teens, night requires extra attention because of dark driving conditions.

Our lawyers care about the safety of the community. We urge parents to talk to your teens about the dangers of distracted driving and educate them on the skills needed to drive in dark conditions. Our firm wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable summer with friends and families. It is for this reason that we bring such safety advice to notice of our readers. All drivers bear a legal responsibility to be safe and not be the cause of injury to others through negligent driving. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to a reckless driver, you may be able to hold them accountable through a lawsuit. Call our firm for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your potential case with you.