While summer may have only officially begun earlier this week, we are about in the middle of the span of what is known unofficially as the “100 deadliest days of summer.” The roughly 100 days that are bookended by Memorial Day and Labor Day encompass a time of enhanced risks for teenage drivers, their passengers and others they encounter while driving.
Teen drivers are all inexperienced behind the wheel. This, combined with additional risk factors means they face many more dangers than older drivers with more miles under their seat belts. Below are some statistics to consider when turning the keys over to your teenager.
Sobering statistics for teen drivers
Parents, are you aware of the following? Realize that:
- Auto accidents are the number one cause of teen fatalities On average, 260 teenagers die in collisions during each of the summer months, which represents a 26% uptick in comparison with other months in the year
- Distracted driving is responsible for 60% of accidents involving teenagers
- Teenagers have the highest accident rate of any other demographic group
- Teen drivers also are involved in most accidents that result in fatalities for other drivers, passengers and pedestrians
Does this mean parents should not let their teens drive? No, it doesn’t, if only because the only way inexperienced drivers can gain confidence and driving skills is by driving. But it does mean that parents should be ready to put the brakes on their teen’s driving access if they driver recklessly, overcrowd their vehicle with friends or partake in drugs and alcohol before climbing behind the wheel.
What if my child is injured by another teen driver?
Parents, you are your minor children’s advocates when it comes to seeking medical treatment and legal action to hold the at-fault driver(s) liable for your teen’s injuries, losses and other damages. Make sure you are there for them fully in the aftermath of a collision.