The National Safety Council has shared an infographic that highlights the summertime, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as the 100 deadliest days during the year for teenagers. This is said to be the deadliest time of year due to teenager’s freedom during summer months to drive later into the night and to have more free time to hang out with one another, resulting in multiple teens in one vehicle.
Deadliest Days for Teens on the Road
Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. The three months with the deadliest days for teens include June, July and August. The NSC infographic states that in 2013, June had 327 deaths, July there were 319, and August there were 286 deaths. One fact that may be surprising to some is that more than half of the teenagers killed in car accidents are not wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash. Our personal injury lawyers remind readers how important it is to wear a seat belt at all times when in a motor vehicle. We have personally seen the consequences of what not wearing a seat belt can be.
Parents: Helping Your Teens to Drive Safe
There are some things that parents can do to try to help their teens to follow safe practices when behind the wheel and in their friend’s cars. The first thing is to simply talk to teens about the importance of wearing a seat belt, as explained above. Another thing that parents can do is to establish a curfew for their teens during the summer months. The National Safety Council recommends no later than 10 p.m. because when it gets darker outside, the risk for car crashes increases.
One of the biggest things that cause distractions for teens is the use of cell phones while driving. Our car accident lawyers have written several articles on this subject matter, sharing the dangers of distracted driving. To read about distracted driving and teenagers, visit our blog post Teen Distracted Driving Statistics.
The NSC infographic also recommends that even after a teen receives their license, a parent should spend at least 30 minutes each week with them as the teen is driving. This will enable a parent to gain insight into their teen’s driving habits, allowing them to further enforce rules and communicate the dangers that exist for teen drivers.
Ohio Car Accident: Teen Driver
The Charles E. Boyk Law Office has handled several cases involving teens who were injured in a car accident while another teen was operating the vehicle. We feel very strongly about sharing information that will allow parents and their teens to communicate better, preventing future car accident injuries and deaths from occurring.
If you or your teen has been involved in a car accident and have suffered injury, or you have lost a loved one in a car accident, we recommend that you contact an experienced car accident lawyer. To speak to one of the lawyers at our law office, call 800.637.8170. A lawyer will review the accident with you, allow you to explain the entire situation and the injuries that resulted, and will give you advice regarding the legal options that you have. We also have legal resources that help car accident victims and their families to navigate throughout the legal process. To view the list of resources that we have, visit the Reports page on our website.