As Memorial Day weekend kicks off, you need to be aware that this begins the “100 deadliest day period” for teen drivers in the United States.
Last year, CNN had an eye-opening story about how from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2012, nearly 1,000 people were killed in vehicle accidents involving teen drivers, and more than 550 of those killed being were teens themselves.
According to the National Safety Council, there are many reasons why these accidents occur. For example, some teens are driving to tourist areas including beaches, lakes or rivers and going down unfamiliar roads.
Additionally, teens are more likely to have other teen passengers in their vehicles over the summer, which can lead to distracted driving. “We have always known that passengers were a big risk for teens, but what we’re really finding out now is passengers may be one of the most important risks for teens, even more so than things like texting,” said John Ulczycki with the NSC, according to CNN.
Sadly, it is estimated that passengers increase a teen driver’s risk of being in a fatal accident by at least 44 percent, the organization reported.
Because of this, we suggest monitoring your teens’ driving habits. This includes speaking to him or her about obeying speed limits, wearing seatbelts and avoiding dangerous behaviors like drunk and distracted driving.
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If your son or daughter has been involved in an accident due to a friend’s negligence, or a teen driver has harmed you, speak to our Atlantic City attorneys. Our law firm defends the rights of personal injury victims in New Jersey.
Continue following our blog for more information about vehicle accident litigation. Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys