Many of us know that summer is a big season for teen driving accidents, since students are out of school and on the roads more frequently. However, did you know what the major causes of teen driving accidents in the summer are? AAA has compiled some data to take a look at this phenomenon, what the causes of accidents are, and how we can help prevent them. According to their study, the top causes for teen driving accidents in the summer are 1) talking or getting something for someone else in the vehicle, 2) using their cell phones to talk, text, and/or use an app, and 3) attending/looking for something else inside of the vehicle.
How can we help teens become more responsible drivers? There are many ways, including modeling good behavior when you are driving, using apps to help teens minimize their use of cell phones while driving (such as rewarding apps for not opening their cell phone while they drive, or apps that lock the phone while the car is in motion), and keeping open lines of communication with your teen about the dangers and risks of driving while distracted.
It is important to note that if you are involved in a car accident, most states, including Pennsylvania, have at least one section on the incident report dedicated to distracted driving violations. Fines and charges may increase if you are cited with one of these violations. Distracted driving is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents on the highway. If you have been injured as the result of a distracted driver, it might be time to consult an attorney. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania. Please call his office at 814-946-4100 for more information.
According to a USA Today news report, the time after school lets out for the summer is considered one of the "100 deadliest days" of the summer. Taking data compiled by USAA, the article stated that about 1,000 people die in crashes with teenage drivers on the 100 day stretch from Memorial Day onward. This time results in raising the average number of car accident deaths up by 16% compared to other times during the calendar year. Distracted driving accounted for almost 60% of the crashes.
It is incredibly important to remain safe and alert while driving, especially during periods of increased motor activity, such as the summer. It is also important to remind your teen drivers of the dangers involved in driving a vehicle, and the responsibility they have to keep themselves, their passengers, and other cars on the road safe. Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents. If you feel that you have been wrongly hurt in an accident, please contact our office for a free consultation. Safe driving!
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