Memorial Day marked the start of the 100 deadliest days for teenage drivers.
Car crashes involving teenagers increase by 15 percent between Memorial
Day and Labor Day. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
(AAA), more than 5,000 teenagers have died in
car accidents during this 100-day period over the last five years.
During the summer months, teenagers are likely to be driving with friends
on roads they are not familiar with. This is one reason why there are
more crashes involving teenagers this time of year.
How Can Parents Keep Their Children Safe During the 100 Deadliest Days?
According to AAA, many motor vehicle accidents during the 100 deadliest
days are caused by inexperience and distracted driving. Fortunately, parents
can play a role in helping prevent accidents by:
Setting a good example: AAA claims parents can help prevent accidents by teaching their children
safe driving habits. Parents can set an example by avoiding road rage
and texting while driving. In addition, parents should always wear a seatbelt
around their children. Parents can also practice safe driving techniques
with their teenagers once a week.
Preventing distracted driving: Statistics collected by AAA show almost 60 percent of teenage car accidents
involved distracted driving. Parents can help prevent distracted driving
by using mobile apps, technology and setting rules. For example, Cellcontrol
and AT&T’s DriveMode can block text messaging and web browsing
while teenagers are behind the wheel. In addition, parents can restrict
their teenagers from driving with other passengers in the vehicle (if
they are not already restricted by the law). AAA claims teenagers are
six times more likely to have near misses with other vehicles while talking
with other passengers.
It is always a tragedy when preventable car crashes rob young people of
their lives. There are also cases where parents and their teenagers do
everything right and car accidents still occur. Parents of teenagers harmed
in car crashes should discuss potential legal options with a
personal injury attorney.