Teen drivers are at higher risk during the ‘100 Deadliest Days’

This article looks at why fatal teen accidents tend to rise so dramatically during the summer.

Summer for most teenagers means the chance to enjoy a break from school and the great weather. However, there is also a darker side to summer for young drivers. According to CNN, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been dubbed by AAA the '100 Deadliest Days' for teen drivers. That's because during the warm summer months, fatal vehicle accidents involving teen drivers increase substantially. Below is a look at why summer can be such a dangerous time for young drivers.

Increase in teen fatalities

According to News 12 Long Island, during the summer months teenagers are 300 percent more likely to lose their lives in an accident. There are a number of reasons why summer driving is so dangerous for teens. An obvious one is that because such drivers are not in school, they typically have more time to drive, thus increasing their odds of being in an accident.

The summer season also attracts a lot of recreational driving, such as long road trips and driving with friends. Longer trips to areas where the driver may be unfamiliar with his or her surroundings can pose a threat. Likewise, driving with passengers is also a risk as passengers can prove distracting for young drivers who have limited experience behind the wheel.

Distracted driving a concern

Passengers, of course, aren't the only distraction that teen drivers have to contend with. Smartphones, in-car infotainment systems, eating, grooming, and listening to music also tend to take drivers' focus away from the road. In fact, an estimated 60 percent of accidents involving teen drivers are caused by distracted driving.

Safety experts are especially concerned about teen accidents this summer because of an overall increase in fatal teen accidents in recent years. In 2015, for example, more than 1,800 people died in crashes involving a teen driver. That's a 10 percent increase over the previous year.

Parents can help keep their own teen sons and daughters safe by serving as good role models. Laying down rules for what is and isn't acceptable when behind the wheel is important, but what is even more important is for parents to set a good example by not engaging in distracted driving themselves.

Personal injury law

A motor vehicle accident can leave one suffering with serious injuries and intense pain. Furthermore, an accident can lead to severe financial strain, including for medical treatment, therapy, lost income, and property damage. That's why anybody involved in an accident should contact a personal injury attorney for help. An experienced attorney can guide clients through the claims process and help them fight for whatever compensation they may be entitled to.