Warmer months present danger for teen motor vehicle accidents

In Ohio, Teen drivers’ inexperience and penchant to take risks with distracted driving and recklessness are fundamental factors for increasing the chance of motor vehicle accidents resulting in serious injuries. Undoubtedly, they engage in behaviors they should not behind the wheel. There are times of the year, however, when the chance of a crash is higher.

The interim between Memorial Day and Labor Day is called the “100 deadliest days.” In the decade preceding 2018, there were 8,300 fatalities in which teen drivers were involved. On average, that is more than seven each day. The current health situation is drawing concern that the roads might be worse with teens having more free time without school, work and other activities available.

When comparing teens and adults, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that teens between 16 and 17 have triple the chance of being in an accident for each mile they drive. According to its research, AAA found that 72% of teens between 16 and 18 confessed to engaging in dangerous behaviors in the prior month. Forty-seven percent admitted to driving 10 mph above the speed limit; 40% drove 15 mph over the speed limit; 35% texted while driving; 32% ran a red light; 31% drove aggressively; 25% drove drowsy; and 17% did not wear a seatbelt.

Parents presenting a positive role model and educating their teens on the hazards of these behaviors and other forms of recklessness can be helpful. Still, accidents will happen with accompanying damage. For those involved in an accident, medical expenses, lost income and extensive personal challenges can arise. To recover compensation and pay for all that was lost, a legal filing might be necessary. A consultation with those experienced in motor vehicle accidents resulting in serious injuries may be able to help.