Summer is a time for fun when you’re from Austin, Texas and anywhere else. More people are hitting the road to go on day trips, taking extended vacations and engaging in fun activities specific to this time of year. At the same time, parents and teens must take extra care as the summer season is known as “the 100 deadliest days of summer.”
The 100 deadliest days of summer are the days from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the unofficial start through the unofficial end of the summer season. During this time of year, more car accidents occur, with many of them involving teens behind the wheel. While these are the most dangerous days during the summer, parents and teens can take measures to ensure their safety.
100 Deadliest Days of Summer Statistics
In recent years, approximately 3,500 people were killed in car accidents that involved teens behind the wheel during the 100 deadliest days of summer. The following statistics are also relevant to this time of year:
- - Every summer, around 260 teens are killed in road accidents
- The rate of teen fatalities in road accidents is 26 percent higher than during other times of the year
- 60 percent of car crashes involving teen drivers stems from distracted driving
- 36 percent of car crashes involving teen drivers occur between the hours of 9 PM and 5 AM
Certain factors play a part in fatal car accidents involving teen drivers. They include the following:
- Speeding or reckless driving: During crashes throughout the 100 deadliest days of summer, 35 percent of teen drivers are either speeding or driving recklessly, with boys being at a higher risk of these poor driving habits and sustaining fatal injuries.
- Distractions: Teen drivers tend to get more easily distracted while behind the wheel. This coupled with their inexperience can result in a tragedy.
- Drinking and driving: Teens who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs are more likely to end up in a serious or even fatal car accident, especially when their inexperience comes into play.
Safety Tips for Teens
Teen drivers are more likely to have accidents on the road. They are less experienced and often engage in behaviors that are reckless or dangerous. Teens can stay safe while driving by using these tips:
- Keeping cell phones out of reach
- Adhering to the speed limit
- Avoiding drugs and alcohol
- Not riding in a vehicle with someone who has been drinking or using drugs
- Not eating while driving and avoiding other distractions
Parents can do their part by doing the following:
- Speak with kids early about the dangers of driving
- Set an example for kids by avoiding dangerous behavior while driving
- Set ground rules regarding privileges for teen drivers
- Teach kids to always use their seatbelt
- Limit the number of friends allowed in your child’s vehicle while they drive
If your teen was injured in a car accident, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney immediately. Contact the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C. in Austin, Texas at your earliest convenience to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.