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Unsafe teen drivers during the 100 deadliest days

On Behalf of | Jul 15, 2020 | Car Accidents |

The negligence and recklessness of teen drivers contributes heavily to accident numbers in Arkansas and the rest of the country, and things get even worse during what are called the 100 deadliest days of summer.
In this period that spans from Memorial Day to Labor Day, there are more fatalities that result from teen driving crashes. Between 2008 and 2018, the 100 deadliest days saw more than 8,300 such fatalities.

Common crash causes

AAA’s Traffic Safety Culture Index shows just what types of negligent driving are common among teens. In one study, speeding was at the top with 47% of respondents aged 16 to 18 admitting to speeding in a residential area in the past 30 days. Forty percent admitted to speeding on the highway.

This was followed by texting at 35%, red light running at 32% and aggressive driving at 31%. One in four said they drove drowsy, and 17% said they did not wear their seat belt. In all, 72% of respondents in that age range confessed to unsafe driving in the previous 30 days.

How can parents help?

Knowing all of this, parents should talk to their teen about effectively preparing for the 100 deadliest days. Parents could establish family rules on driving and consider setting up in-vehicle coaching sessions, too. Above all, they must set a good example, or their teen would be unlikely to take their advice seriously.

It’s up to teens whether to exercise caution or not on the road. When they throw caution to the wind and cause motor vehicle accidents as a result, then personal injury claims could arise. In Arkansas, crash victims may be eligible for damages if their degree of fault is not more than or equal to the defendant’s. Even if they were completely innocent, achieving a fair settlement might be hard, so victims may want a lawyer.