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Summer heralds rise in number of fatal crashes involving teens

Motorists in New York and elsewhere across the country may be interested in knowing that teen drivers are more likely to be involved in auto accidents during the summer months than they are at times when school is more widely in session. One research and educational group, the American Automobile Association, recognizes Memorial Day as the unofficial start of what industry officials are calling the '100 deadliest days.'

AAA has found that on average, accidents involving teenagers during this summer driving season have killed more than 10 people per day during each of the past five years. This finding is based on data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which indicates that texting and talking on cell phones while driving was reportedly a contributing factor in 58.5% of the crashes.

According to researchers, most teens between the ages of 15 and 17 years old have cell phones, and the majority of teen cell phone users send an average of 80 texts per day. The research director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that incidences of teen texting and interacting with social media while behind the wheel have increased and that teen use of cell phones while driving has created an extremely dangerous situation on the nation's roadways.

A motorist who is injured in a serious car accident in New York at any time of year due to the distracted driving of another party may find it beneficial to schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney. After a thorough investigation, the attorney may be able to arrange for no-fault insurance to pay an injured client's medical bills or to negotiate a fair settlement on that individual's behalf with insurers. The attorney could also litigate the cause in court if negotiations are unsuccessful and it appears to be in the best interests of the client to do so.

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