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Summer driving for teens can raise risk of personal injury

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2020 | Personal Injury and Wrongful Death |

The risk of auto accidents and personal injury is an international issue whether a person is on the road in Florida, New York, Germany or anywhere throughout the world. A common factor in these collisions is a teen driver. Since these drivers are so young and inexperienced, there are many ways in which accidents can occur. Certain times of the year are considered riskier than others, and drivers should be cognizant of that.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety refers to the time from Memorial Day to Labor Day as the “100 deadliest days” because there are so many auto accidents with injuries and fatalities in that span. In the decade from 2008 to 2018 in the United States, more than 8,300 deaths in accidents occurred in which a teen driver was involved. For 2020, the concerns are greater because of the current health situation. Fewer teens will be working summer jobs; they will be out of school, and activities have been reduced.

In a survey, U.S. teens 16 to 18 admitted to a variety of acts within the previous 30 days that can place themselves and others in jeopardy. Forty-seven percent said they surpassed the speed limit in residential areas by 10 mph, 40% said they drove 15 mph above the speed limit on a freeway, 35% texted while driving, 32% ran a red light, 31% admitted to aggressive driving, 25% drove while drowsy, and 17% did not wear a seat belt.

Parents are encouraged to discuss safe driving with their teens, set a good example with their own driving behaviors, punish them if they are reckless and emphasize the harm they can do behind the wheel. Unfortunately, that may not prevent most accidents. After an auto accident, there can be medical expenses from an extended hospitalization and treatment, the inability to work, a long rehabilitation process and permanent damage. If there is a fatality, the family will be confronted with the emotional, personal and financial loss. A legal filing may be necessary to recover compensation. An attentive and caring law firm with global experience in auto accidents might help with a case.