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Crashes involving teen drivers spike in summer

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As schools across California let out for the summer, and teenagers across the state start hitting the open road, your chances of getting into a car crash with a teen driver increase substantially. So much so, in fact, that the length of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is now known as summer’s “100 deadliest days,” with the number of people losing their lives in teenage-driver-involved car wrecks rising considerably during this period.

According to AAA, the number of fatalities associated with teen-driver-involved car crashes rose 14 percent between 2015 and 2016, with 10 people losing their lives each day in crashes involving teenagers during the 100 deadliest days in 2016. In total, more than 1,050 people died in crashes involving teenage drivers in 2016, and some of these fatal car crashes shared certain elements in common.

Speeding

It can prove risky to share the road with teenagers because they simply have not gained much driving experience yet. Therefore, they may not know what to do when faced with circumstances older drivers might be able to avoid. However, some teenagers make themselves even more substantial highway hazards by engaging in reckless or dangerous behaviors behind the wheel. Speeding is one such behavior, with almost 30 percent of all car crash deaths involving teenage motorists also involving high rates of speed.

Night driving

Driving at night also appears to be problematic for many teen drivers, with more than 35 percent of all fatal car wrecks involving teenage drivers taking place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Night crashes involving teen motorists also increase by 22 percent during the 100 deadliest days when compared against nighttime crashes involving teens that occur throughout the remainder of the year.

If you have teenage drivers in your home, it will likely serve you well to keep close tabs on them and make sure they are aware of the dangers associated with speeding, nighttime driving and driving in general. There is only so much you can do, though, when other motorists continue to drive negligently.

If you have suffered injuries as the result of a car accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Talk with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about your legal options.

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