Teen Drivers and the “100 Deadliest Days”
Tampa Car Accident Lawyers
Summer vacation is here and that means more freedom for teenage drivers. Unfortunately, it also means there is a greater chance for teen drivers to get into car accidents. The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is often referred to as the 100 deadliest days of the year. The number of accident-related fatalities is high during this time, especially for teenage drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there is a 43% increase in teenage fatalities when compared to the rest of the year. From 2010 to 2014, more than 5,000 people died in car crashes involving teen drivers during those 100 days.
Motorists should always be careful on the road; however, everyone should take extra precaution when sharing the roads with young teenage drivers. AAA has offered a few tips to help make this summer safe for our young drivers:
- Set a good example and use safe-driving skills when your teen is with you.
- Make sure everyone is wearing a seatbelt.
- Obey all traffic laws and be sure to maintain the speed limit.
- Do not drink and drive. Ever.
- Avoid distractions and stay focused on the road when driving. Do not text and drive.
- Limit the number of passengers in a teen driver’s car.
- Avoid breakdowns by monitoring vehicle fuel level and tire pressure.
For peace of mind, AAA offers a free Teen Membership to teens with learner’s permits. These teen members can call AAA Roadside Assistance if they have a flat tire, run out of gas, get locked out of the car, or have a dead car battery. Visit TeenDriving.AAA.com for more information.
Capaz Law Firm—Helping Accident Victims in Tampa
Unfortunately, drivers of all ages can be involved in a car crash caused by another negligent driver. If you or your teen driver has been injured in a car accident, contact the Tampa car accident attorneys at Capaz Law Firm. Call 813-440-2700 to schedule a consultation.