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Teens contribute to more fatal accidents this time of year

Summer is here, which means that school is out and families are going on vacations. It also means that more teen drivers will be hitting the road. Although this may not seem like a big deal, it in fact is. Why? Because a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that these young drivers are at a significantly increased risk of being involved in all types of crashes, including fatal car accidents. More specifically, those who are between the ages of 16 and 17 are nearly three times more likely to be involved in a deadly wreck than other motorists.

This statistic, coupled with the fact that more teenagers are on the road this time of year, has led many to term the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the "100 Deadliest Days." According to studies, these 100 days see a 15 percent increase in fatal accidents involving teen drivers.

So, what causes these wrecks? More often than not, distraction. The AAA study found that 60 percent of all teen-related fatal wrecks involved distracted driving. Such driving may include cell phone usage, talking with others within the car, and even changing a radio station. A factor in approximately 30 percent of fatal accidents involving teens, speed continues to play a major role.

Sadly, public safety initiatives, parents, and the police have tried to draw attention to these issues, but without much success. The fact of the matter is that car accidents caused by negligent drivers will continue to occur for the foreseeable future. For this reason, those who have been harmed in a wreck caused by the negligence of another may want to consider their legal options, as successfully pursuing a personal injury lawsuit could result in the recovery of compensation for damages suffered.

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