Typically, an alarming number of teenage drivers have been injured during the 100 deadliest days of the year, the period which started recently on Memorial Day weekend. During this time period, numerous research studies and accident reports have indicated that teens are at their highest risk of car crash fatalities. A recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is the newest study of this type indicating that nearly 60% of teen crashes in general involve being distracted behind the wheel.
Distracted Driving Is Especially Dangerous
In the last five years, more than 5,000 individuals have been killed in car accidents involving teen drivers during this 100 day period. The number of deaths from crashes associated with teen drivers increased by 16% on a daily basis when compared with other days of the year. The results are part of an eight-year research program using crash videos to analyze the experience of teen drivers. The three leading types of distractions for teens behind the wheel included: