Summertime is here and with it comes the rush of warm weather, longer days, and more drivers on the road. Whether you’re driving to a vacation or to a family picnic, the summer months are a fun time to spend with family and friends. After all, school is out and so is the sun. Unfortunately, summer also ushers in the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” This is the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day and it is the deadliest time of the year for teenage drivers. In fact, nine of the ten deadliest days for teen drivers occur during the summer months.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer occur because teenagers are out of school, often unsupervised, and have a wealth of free time at their disposal. This, coupled with a lack of driving experience, result in teenagers who routinely engage in risky driving behaviors, such as:
- Texting and driving
- Talking on phone while driving
- Distracted driving
- Engaging with other teens in vehicle
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Eating or drinking
In addition to teenagers being more at risk, other drivers on the road also have an increased chance of being involved in a car accident during the summer months. In fact, the Fourth of July holiday is ranked the deadliest day of the year for drivers and teens only make up 10% of the fatalities seen on this holiday. Other deadly days include Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Driving With Friends is Deadly
According to the National Safety Council, teenagers who drive in the car with friends are at an increased risk for getting into serious and fatal car accidents. In fact, some studies suggest that having teenage passengers in the car with a teenage driver is even more dangerous than texting and driving and can increase their risk of getting into a serious accident by 44%. This is a reason why many states have laws in place that limit the number of teenage drivers that are allowed to be in a car with a newly licensed teeanger.
Contact Our Pueblo Car Accident Attorneys Today
If you or someone you love is injured in a car accident this summer, we can help you obtain the money you need to recover from your injuries. Call Pueblo attorney Smith & Smith, today for a FREE CONSULTATION – (719) 544-0062. We know that insurance companies don’t always treat accident victims fairly and may pin some of the blame on you. We work tirelessly for our injured clients and we know how to negotiate maximum compensation. Call us today!