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3 reasons why teen drivers crash so much in summer

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Personal Injury |

It’s well known that teen drivers are one of the most accident-prone groups on the roads. Their lack of experience makes them more vulnerable than most.

Of particular concern is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This period sees a big rise in fatal crashes involving teen drivers. The total number of deaths in these roughly 100 days equates to about half the total for the other 265.

Here are some of the reasons why:

Drivers get distracted

It is much harder to pay attention to the road when you have a car full of friends bouncing around to loud music in full summer spirit. Some drivers also spend an increased amount of time staring out the window at passing girls or boys in summer clothing – both things that you don’t see as much at other times of the year.

Drivers are more likely to drink

It’s easier to say no to a drink when it’s cold and dark and you have school the next morning. The temptation to join in will be greater when it’s the middle of summer, the sun is out and you don’t have to get up in the morning. 

Drivers get to drive more

Summer is a great time to forget about your school books and go out and explore. Many people drive long distances to explore new areas or visit relatives or friends in another state. Increasing your mileage means you spend more time exposed to the risks of the road.

If you have a crash this summer it’s important to consider whether it was your fault, someone else’s or a mixture of the two. Either way, getting legal help to protect your rights and claim any compensation you are due is wise.