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:
- Texting, talking or operating a cellphone
- Looking at something inside the vehicle
- Talking to other passengers inside the vehicle
There’s An App For That
Parents can play an important role by stressing the value of safety behind the wheel and using applications that help to monitor or prohibit a teen’s usage of technology while driving. If you have already been involved in an accident with a teen driver, it’s important to consult with a Rhode Island personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Although teens may have less experience on the road, summer opens up numerous opportunities for them to drive. This period, however, also should come with a warning about the high numbers of crashes involving teens.
Were You Injured By A Distracted Teen Driver?
Have you already been in an accident with a negligent teen driver? Was the other driver using their phone or otherwise distracted while driving? If you sustained injuries, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Now you need to speak with an experienced Rhode Island personal injury attorney about starting a legal claim. Your future may benefit significantly from compensation received after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Schedule a free consultation about your legal rights to compensation using this simple online form.