The movie-style moniker is grimly vivid. We’re in the final third of the ‘100 Deadliest Days of Summer,’ which stretches between Memorial Day and Labor Day, marking the period during which traffic fatalities involving teen drivers soar by 26%, compared with other months.
The stats released by the highway safety advocates, We Save Lives, are somber:
- Each month, an average of 260 teens die in road accidents during the summer
- 60% of vehicle crashes involving teens are caused by distracted driving
- Road/motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens
There are ways that you can help your teen to stay safe on the road:
- Set a good example – never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- By the same token, don’t use your cell phone while driving – be mindful to model safe, lawful behavior at all times
- Make sure your teen feels empowered to turn down a ride with friends who have consumed alcohol or taken drugs
- Likewise, they should feel courageous enough to turn down a ride with a driver who gets distracted by their cell phone on the road
- Encourage your teen to call you whenever they need to, without fear of reproach, if they are in a precarious or potentially dangerous driving situation
- Make sure they know highway safety laws and how to cope with unexpected situations such as breakdown or a flat tire, for example
Parents of teens will already be familiar with how their kids might underestimate hazards or stumble into potentially unsafe situations. Helping them to grow their confidence to handle those problematic moments can help to keep them safe.
If you or someone you love is involved in a road traffic accident, we’re here for you. The Bighorn Law Auto Accident Attorneys have years of experience making sure that their clients are compensated fairly. We’re here to support you, protect your rights and help you get your life back on track following an accident.