How many teen lives will be lost this summer?

| Jul 20, 2021 | Personal Injury

Each year at this time, auto safety organizations urge teenage drivers nationwide, including in Delaware, to take care and be responsible drivers. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the risk of crash-related fatalities among young, inexperienced drivers of 16 and 17 years is three times higher than adults. The agency’s spokesperson says the number of daily teenage deaths is significantly higher during the 100 deadliest days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 

The role of parents 

AAA reminds parents of the critical role they play — starting when their children are young. Many teenage drivers imitate the bad driving habits they have seen in their parents for years. Furthermore, it is always a good idea for young drivers to complete driver education courses. Although many bad driving habits exist, safety authorities underscore excessive speed distractions and seat belt violations as the primary accident causes. 

Excessive speed 

Almost one in every three teenage deaths in car accidents could be linked to speeding. In a survey AAA did among driving instructors, the analysis afterward indicated that driving at excessive speed is one of the most frequent errors made by learner drivers. 

Distractions 

Almost six in every 10 auto accidents are caused by distracted driving. Data indicates the two primary distractions for teenage drivers are smartphones and interaction with teen passengers. 

Safety belt violations 

There is no getting away from the fact that driving without buckling up increases the risk of suffering severe injuries or dying in car accidents significantly. Data held by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that almost 50% of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants in 2019 were not buckled up. 

Teenagers in Delaware who suffered injuries in car accidents caused by a teen driver could consider filing personal injury lawsuits against the driver — even if the driver was a best friend. Car accidents typically cause injuries that need medical treatment and therapy. Victims or their parents could recover mounting medical bills and other damages in successfully presented personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.