Teen Drivers Pose High Risk of Accidents
Teenage drivers are, by nature, inexperienced. Not only do they have fewer hours logged behind the wheel, but they also do not generally know how to handle emergency situations on the road sufficiently enough to prevent collisions. Furthermore, because of the more reckless and fearless nature of teenagers, many new drivers do not fully understand the possible implications of dangerous driving behaviors and overestimate their ability to stay safe on the roads. This leads to increased activities such as texting and driving as well as driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs.
Unfortunately, studies have found1 that most of the people who suffer injury or death in an accident with a teen driver are not the teen drivers themselves. Instead, a significant majority are other motorists or passengers in the teen’s car. Anyone who has been injured by a teen driver should contact an experienced auto accident attorney as soon as possible.
“100 Deadliest Days” of summer
The period of time between Memorial Day weekend and the Labor Day holiday are known as the “100 Deadliest Days”2 for teenage drivers. This is because AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that seven of the ten days with the most fatal teen accidents fall during this period of time. The following are some factors that may lead to higher risks of serious teen driver accidents over the summer:
- Free time – Without school or other usual obligations during the day, teens often have a lot of free time over the summer, much of which is spent driving around to different locations with their friends.
- Less parental supervision – Parents who work all day often do not have much control over the amount of driving their teen does over the summer.
- Holidays – Holidays like the 4th of July always increase the risk of drunk driving accidents and this applies to teen drivers, as well.
Contact an experienced Atlanta auto accident attorney for a free consultation
Everyone should be careful during these 100 days, especially parents of teenage drivers. If you have been involved in a collision, call the law firm of Boling Rice, LLC in Atlanta at 770-744-0890 for a free case evaluation today.