School is out, and we find ourselves beginning the 100 deadliest days of
driving this summer. With teen drivers out of school and on the road,
the odds of an accident increase, according to AAA. Young drivers are
less experienced and more easily distracted on the road. This can lead
to an increase in accidents. Fatal accidents involving teens increases
16% over summer, according to data collected by the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NTHSA). On average, more than 10 people per day
die in an accident involving a teen driver in the 100 days following Memorial Day.
Teens are extremely connected with their cellphones, despite countless
campaigns to increase awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.
The NHTSA reports that the number of teens reported using a phone while
driving quadrupled from 1% to 4.8% between 2007 and 2014. As teens continue
to use their handheld devices while driving, the risk of an accident remains
high. Inexperienced drivers become more dangerous when distracted.
Out of the most dangerous 100 days to drive this year, you may wonder which
are the absolute deadliest. According to data collected by the NHTSA,
the most dangerous month to drive is August, and the most dangerous days
are Saturdays. Summer brings more travel, and more people may be on the
road. Be on the watch for new drivers and be aware that increased traffic
can lead to an increase in accidents. Be especially careful when driving
at night, as more fatal accidents occur after dark than any other time of day.
Staying Safe This Summer
There are steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe from
an auto accident this summer. Talk with your teens about the dangers of
driving and cellphone use. Work out an agreement with them to get them
to turn off their phones while behind the wheel. Remind them also to slow
down and allow themselves extra space.
Make sure your family’s vehicles are in good repair. Take care of
any necessary maintenance and check your tires. Hot weather can cause
the air inside to expand, and can cause blowouts in worn tires. Maintaining
your car’s engine and keeping fluids topped up can prevent overheating,
and keep you from finding yourself stranded this summer.
Buckling up is equally important to protect yourself and your family. Many
drivers neglect to use a seatbelt, but the effects of a seatbelt in an
accident can keep a crash from becoming deadly. No matter how short your
trip, be sure to buckle up.
Speeding is another leading cause of accidents. Driving too fast will reduce
your time to react to hazards, especially at night or in poor weather.
Slow down for poor conditions, and always follow the posted speed limit.
You may feel confident in your abilities, but an unexpected danger can
be deadly at high speeds.
Limit your distractions as well. You may have asked your teen to put away
their cell phone when behind the wheel, and it’s time for you to
lead by example. Save texts, calls, using your GPS, or changing your music
for when you’re stopped. Keeping your eyes on the road and your
hands on the wheel will make the most difference when it comes to avoiding
accidents this summer.
Taking steps to keep yourself safe this summer can reduce your chances
of an accident. Unfortunately, not all accidents can be avoided. Distracted
or negligent drivers can cause accidents and leave you injured. If you
have suffered injuries in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact an experienced auto accident lawyer to learn how they can help you.
Our knowledgeable Washington DC car accident attorneys are dedicated to
fighting for your right to just compensation. If you’ve been injured
in a car accident, we are here to help with your case. We have helped
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