Summer Sees Spike in Teen Driving Accidents

By Peter DePaolis

Memorial Day weekend is kicking off soon. If you have a teen driver, you should know that this weekend begins what some experts deem the “100 deadliest days” of the year for inexperienced drivers and expect a summer spike.

Last year, CNN reported that from Memorial Day through Labor Day in 2012, nearly 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers. Sadly, of those killed, more than 550 were teens.

The National Safety Council reports that there are a number of reasons why teen vehicle accidents spike over the summer. One reason is that teens may be driving to areas they are unfamiliar with, like beaches, lakes and rivers, to participate in recreational activities.

Additionally, some experts have reported that teens are more likely to drive with friends over the summer months, which can result in distracted driving. “We have always known that passengers were a big risk for teens, but what we’re really finding out now is passengers may be one of the most important risks for teens, even more so than things like texting,” John Ulczycki, of the National Safety Council said, according to CNN.

If you are the parent of a teen driver, make sure you talk to him or her about the dangers of distracted driving, in addition to drunk driving. If your son or daughter causes a vehicle accident, not only could he or she be held liable, but you could also face legal consequences.

Our Attorneys Help Car Accident Victims Through Summer Spike

If a teen driver has injured you in vehicle accident or caused the death of a loved one, our attorneys can investigate your claim and determine if you may be entitled to damages. You should not have to suffer because of another driver’s mistake.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.