A recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has revealed some grim statistics. According to the report, nearly two-thirds of victims injured or killed in a car crash involving a teen driver were people other than the driver. In 2013 alone, 2,927 people were killed and 371,645 people were injured in teen driver accidents. Smartphones remain one of the biggest causes of these accidents because they provide the greatest amount of distraction for teen drivers.
AAA’s data reveals that 66 percent of people killed in these accidents were people other than the teen behind the wheel, while 67 percent of those who were injured were people other than the driver. Of those victims, nearly half were in another vehicle, with only 17 percent in the teen driver’s vehicle. Teen crash rates are higher than any other age group and the recent AAA study confirms that the impact of these crashes go far beyond the teen who is behind the wheel.
The study revealed that the summer months are the most dangerous, as teens are out of school and on the roads more frequently. AAA refers to the summer months (between Memorial Day and Labor Day) as the “100 Deadliest Days.” On average, 220 teen drivers and passengers are killed in car accidents during the summer months, a 43-percent increase when compared to the rest of the year, according to the government’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System in 2013.
Stop And Take The Time To Talk With Your Teen Driver About Safety Today!
We strongly advocate teen driver safety, especially during the summer months. Despite warnings, communication and the best of intentions, auto accidents can still happen as a result of someone else’s negligence. At the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., we want your teen driver to stay safe on the roads this summer and year around. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer immediately. Our experienced team of accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, property damage, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.