As summer gets underway in Pennsylvania, an increasing number of people will be on the road, and many of these drivers will be teens. There are fundamental dangers for teen drivers, from inexperience to distracted driving. It is no surprise that the summer months are considered a hotbed for teen auto accidents to the point that the time from Memorial Day to Labor Day is referred to as the “100 deadliest days.”
Parents are encouraged to discuss the importance of safety with their teens. Still, the statistics are worrisome. During the 100 deadliest days from 2008 to 2018, there were more than 8,300 road fatalities in which teen drivers were involved. On average, that is seven people each day.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has researched teen collisions and found that new drivers age 16 to 17 have triple the chance of being in a fatal crash when compared to adults. A survey of teen behaviors over the previous 30 days showed how they drive unsafely. On residential streets, 47% of respondents drove 10 mph above the speed limit; on freeways, 40% drove 15 mph above the speed limit. About 35% of participants admitted to texting, 32% said they ran a red light, 31% stated they drove aggressively, 25% drove drowsy and 17% did not wear a seat belt.
Effective ideas for parents to implement include setting an example with their own driving, explaining the consequences of unsafe driving, and having an agreement as to what the teens will and will not do behind the wheel. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents still happen. Massive medical costs, the loss of income from being unable to work and drastic life changes are possible, and a legal filing may be the only viable strategy to be sufficiently compensated. An attentive legal professional experienced in these incidents may investigate the case and help with moving forward to pursue a claim.