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When it comes to car crashes, research shows that Memorial Day through Labor Day is the deadliest time of year. In fact, an average of 260 teens are killed in car crashes each month during the summer. This is a 26% increase when compared to other months of the year.
As the states move toward reopening after two months of shelter-in-place orders, Memorial Day will kick off the unofficial start to summer. Teens may be more anxious than ever to get out of the house and see their peers. Many teens will probably hop in the car with their friends and head down to the coast for a beach trip. When you hand the keys over to your teen, it is important to remind your teen drivers that the same dangers that existed pre-coronavirus, still exist.
What is 100 Deadliest Days of Summer?
100 Deadliest Days of Summer is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs significantly when compared to the rest of the year.
Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in car crashes. Findings show that nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen. Summer vacation may be the time for relaxation, but never behind the wheel.
What factors contribute to teen crashes during the summer?
Teens are impulsive and can sometimes make deadly decisions when they get behind the wheel. The factors that contribute heavily to teen crashes include:
Speeding is a significant factor in some of the most severe crashes that our personal injury attorneys see. In fact, speeding accounts for at least 28% of teen driving crashes. Nearly half of teen drivers admit to speeding in residential neighborhoods. Further, 40% say that they have sped on highways.
While laws exist that prohibit teens from drinking, at least one in six teen drivers involved in fatal crashes during the summer tested positive for alcohol.
In 2018, there were 2, 841 deaths from motor vehicle crashes involving distracted driving. Nearly half of teens admit to checking text messages while operating a vehicle.
Regardless of age, drivers are more likely to get into an accident between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. This is amplified when the driver is a teen. Moreso, 20 percent of all teen driving fatalities occurred between 9 pm and midnight.
Implement a parent-teen safe driving contract
Parents, speak with your teen drivers frequently and openly about the dangers of distracted driving and other road hazards. Serious conversations with teens may not be the easiest – but are entirely worth it.
A parent-teen safe driving contact is a great way to hold your teen driver responsible. This will help ensure that you and your teen are on the same page. There are many things to include in a parent-teen driving contract such as:
- Wearing seatbelts.
- Obeying speed limits.
- Never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Avoid driving while fatigued or drowsy.
- Never text or talk on the phone while driving.
- Never have more than the permitted amount of passengers.
Preparing your teens car for the summer
Whether your teen has their own car or uses yours, it is important to make sure the vehicle is in safe driving condition. Not only does routine maintenance extend the life of your vehicle, but it may also save yours as well.
- Routine maintenance. Things to consider during routine maintenance are oil changes, filters, cleaning batteries, and refiling filters.
- Tires. If you live in a climate that experiences snow, it is important to remove snow tires before summer. They are not meant for hot weather and can actually damage your vehicle.
- Brakes. Brakes are an important feature in ensuring your teen makes it to the summer destination safely. Worn down or faulty brakes can cause serious accidents.
- Air conditioning. Not a necessity, but air conditioning can help your teens feel more comfortable.
Check for recalls
Checking for recalls is extremely important to keep you teens safe this summer. Car recalls mean that the vehicle has a safety-related defect and does not comply with federal safety standards.
Luckily, checking for recalls is very simple, all you need is your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and you can check online. All recalls should be taken seriously and repaired in a timely manner.
The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you or a loved one have been injured by someone else’s negligence the Carlson Law Firm will be with you through every step of the way. Our firm is committed to providing exceptional service and representation. When you chose the Carlson Law Firm you gain a team of skilled legal experts that have your back, 100%percent of the time.