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Teenagers at high risk for collision in late spring into summer

On Behalf of | May 16, 2022 | Car Accidents

If you have a teenager in your house who is newly licensed or has a permit, you may want to be aware of data regarding fatal collisions involving teenage drivers. Monday, May 30, 2022, begins the 100 most dangerous days of driving for teens. While your teenager may be cautious and alert at the wheel, inexperience and unplanned situations can lead to severe injuries.

Many people view May 30th as the official start of summer, which means increased traffic on Delaware roads, especially near the beach. Teenagers and their parents should know that typically, the 100 days following the end of May are when at least 30% of all fatalities involving teenage drivers occur.  

Every mile driven increases the risk of collision for teenagers 

If a teenager in your family is age 16 or 17, their risk for collision increases with every mile they drive. In fact, with each passing mile, your teenage son or daughter is approximately three times more likely to be involved in a crash than adults who may drive the same distance. The less experience a young driver has, the greater risk there might be.  

Out of more than 2,000 teenage fatalities in connection with motor vehicle accidents, more than 600 of them occur during the 100 deadliest days. Sadly, approximately seven fatalities occur in teen-related collisions every day during summer, which is why it’s helpful to speak with your teenager about these issues so that they can take extra precautions on the road.  

If your child suffers injuries that another person’s negligence caused 

Many collisions occur at intersections when a driver runs a red light or fails to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. This type of negligence can place your child at risk if they happen to approach the intersection at the same time. A collision might occur if a drunk driver is sharing the road with your son or daughter.

When a young person is killed in a motor vehicle accident, there’s no limit to a family’s grief. If the collision was preventable and caused by another driver’s negligence or reckless behavior, the tragedy can feel even more senseless. Parents may act on behalf of a deceased child or a minor recovering from their injuries to seek compensation for damages in a civil court.  

Financial recovery cannot replace the loss of a child’s life; however, it can help offset medical bills, funeral expenses or other financial distress in connection with a collision caused by driver negligence.