Summer can be a fun-filled time with warm weather providing endless entertainment options. But for teen drivers, the season can be deadly.
According to statistics by AAA, new teen drivers are already three times more likely to die in a vehicle crash compared to adults. And when the weather heats up, the number of auto accidents involving teens does too.
Keeping young drivers safe is job one, of course, but if you’re injured or a family member is killed in an accident involving a teen driver, you’ll need the Texas car accident attorneys at Begum Law Group. The Texas Law Giant understands the emotional, physical, and financial impact of car wrecks and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Texas Teens Behind the Wheel
On average, the AAA estimates around 68 Texas teens die each summer in automobile accidents. In fact, one insurance study showed that Texas teens are some of the most dangerous drivers in the country based on behaviors behind the wheel such as texting, drinking, and failure to wear a seatbelt.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationwide 3,255 teen drivers ages 15 to 19 died in crashes in 2017. Inexperience is a huge factor in teen driving accidents, and it’s made worse by distractions.
In summer, distractions can increase because teens may have a group of friends in the car, be texting or talking on a cell phone to arrange activities or have the music blaring. The NHTSA reports that just dialing a phone number while driving increases a teen driver’s chance of crashing by six times and texting raises accident chances by 23 times.
Besides distracted driving, teens behind the wheel often are guilty of:
- Failing to wear a seatbelt. Seatbelts save lives and reduce the risk of serious injuries. Without one a teen driver is more likely to be ejected from the vehicle and have a higher chance of dying.
- Speeding and racing. Teenage years are often when people engage in risk-taking behaviors. When a car is added to the mix, that may mean driving at excessive speeds or racing. Because teen drivers lack experience, speeding can be deadly.
- Drugs and alcohol. Like speeding, getting behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a risky behavior. Immaturity can cause bad judgment in teens. The presence of drugs or alcohol greatly increases the chance of an accident.
- Driving at night. Not only does nighttime driving carry risks because of limiting vision, but drowsy driving is a problem for all ages, especially teens who are at a greater risk of it, the NHTSA reports. In 2016, 803 lives were lost due to drowsy driving and one in ten of those fatal accidents involved teen drivers from 15-18.
Families need to understand the risks created by and for their teen drivers and make sure they understand that no bad driving behaviors will be tolerated. They need to remind teens that driving is a serious responsibility that if treated lightly could be deadly. These warnings need to be more frequent in the 100 days of summer that are the most dangerous to teen drivers.
Contact Us If You’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident
Sometimes despite best efforts, car accidents happen, and people are injured or killed. Hopefully by knowing about the increased danger of teen driving people will be more aware and work toward reducing these horrible statistics. But if you need the car accident attorneys at Begum Law Group, we are here to help.