Summer vacation is the most dangerous time of year for teen drivers. From Memorial Day through Labor Day in September lie the “100 Deadliest Days” for young drivers. The risk of accidents soars because more teen drivers are out of school and on the road.
These inexperienced motorists can not only harm themselves, but others as well; an estimated 10 people die daily during summer as a direct result of accidents with teen drivers. Teens are already at risk due to their relatively low experience behind the wheel of a potentially deadly projectile—but it gets even worse.
Teens are far more likely to become distracted while driving; according to the Center for Disease Control, there are over 1,100 injuries daily caused by distracted driving. The CDC also states that the largest group of distracted drivers are aged 15-19 and that this group is the most likely to be injured or cause an injury on the road due to distractions.
What is Distracted Driving?
You see distracted drivers on the road every day – the girl with the phone attached to her ear (while she is driving 70 mph) or the guy texting as he speeds through a crowded parking lot. Texting and using a cell phone while driving are the most common reasons drivers are distracted, but there are plenty of potential distractions for the teen driver.
Common Reasons for Distracted Driving Among Teens:
- Eating and drinking
- Talking with friends or passengers
- Applying makeup
- Using GPS or playing mobile games
- Changing a radio station or adjusting a listening device
- Grooming, including shaving or brushing hair
- Changing clothing
- Pranks or practical jokes on passengers or driver while the car is in motion
- And you may not believe it, but watching videos or television while driving!
So you want to know what are the 100 most dangerous days? June 21st – September 22nd. The start of the summer solstice, and the fall equinox (aka, SUMMER).
Deadly Consequences For Distracted Driving
Any of these distractions combined with an inexperienced driver can lead to deadly consequences for anyone on the road. While some states, including Massachusetts, have adopted legislation preventing teens from driving during the most dangerous time of day (between 12:30 am – 5:00 am) and requiring teens to successfully complete a graduated driving program, distracted driving by this age group presents a real threat to anyone on the roadways in the summer.
While these rules and the ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving can help, and accident rates in Massachusetts are slowly improving, rates of accidents caused by teens are still a major problem for those who share the highway this summer. Call us if you have been impacted by a distracted driver; we’re here to help you fully recover and ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses.
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