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Summer is the most dangerous time for teen drivers

If your teen driver has arrived home safely so far this summer, count yourself lucky. This is because the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is considered the “100 deadliest days” of summer when it comes to teen driving fatalities. Teens are less experienced drivers than older adults, and they may be unable to react appropriately to situations on the road that ultimately lead to a fatal car crash.

What are the “100 deadliest days” of summer?

According to AAA, during the “100 deadliest days,” from 2008 to 2018, over 8,300 individuals across the U.S. lost their lives in fatal car accidents involving teen drivers. AAA reports that for every mile driven, motorists ages 16 and 17 are three times more apt to be involved in a fatal car accident compared to older drivers.

Be a good role model

Teens, just like adults may speed, run red lights, drive drunk, text while driving or drive drowsy. Moreover, teens will take cues from adults in their lives who engage in such activities, and thus may get the impression that these activities are not dangerous. However, these behaviors are dangerous and may lead to traffic accidents that kill the teen or others involved in the crash.

Therefore, parents in the Grand Junction area should spend some time talking to their teen about safe driving. Young lives are too valuable to be lost in traffic accidents, and if a teen causes a fatal accident it could affect them for the rest of their lives. Families who lose a loved one of any age in a fatal car crash this summer will want to explore their options for compensation, including filing a legal claim if necessary.

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