Car accidents during summer months escalate for teenagers.
According to AAA, this time period even has a nickname called the “100 deadliest days.”
The highest percentage of teen car accidents take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day — the time when most schools are out for the summer. The rise in statistics is about 15%, which is quite a significant percentage.
August is typically the worst month of all for car accidents.
Why Do Car Accidents Spike During Summer Months?
The weather is nice and people take to the roads for summer activities. Despite the fact the road conditions during summer months are excellent and daylight lasts longer, other factors come into play. Crowded roadways and greater numbers of alcohol impaired drivers make driving all that much more dangerous. In fact, twice as many accidents occur during summer months than during the rest of the year.
What Are the Most Prevalent Causes of Teen Car Accidents?
- The most common causes include:
- Not wearing seat belts
- Distracted driving
- Inexperienced driving
the number one distraction for teen drivers is other passengers — even more distracting than cell phone use or texting. Consequently, many states (including New York) have incorporated Graduated Driving Laws. Graduated Driving Laws (GDL) contain driving restrictions that prohibit drivers under 18 from having more than one passenger in the car who is under the age of 21.
What Is the Most Dangerous Summer Holiday for Driving?
The Fourth of July is the deadliest holiday in the summer, and from 2005 through 2009, it ranked as the deadliest day of the year.
Have You or Your Teenager Been Involved in a Summer Car Accident?
If you were injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP can help you protect your rights. We offer a free consultation to discuss your accident and determine your legal rights to pursue compensation.