Teen drivers are already at a higher risk of being involved in a crash. But the summer months may be the deadliest time of the year for teens on the road. According to AAA and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is when most of these accidents happen.
A major factor in these fatal crashes is distracted driving. This may include talking on a cell phone and sending or reading a text message. As a result, the Decide to Drive Campaign has been launched, which features a Wreck-less Checklist that teens (and other drivers) should go through before driving.
The checklist starts with actions that should be taken before even starting the vehicle such as:
- fasten seatbelt;
- put on accessories (such as sunglasses);
- enter data into GPS, read over directions or review map;
- make adjustments to mirrors, seats, controls; and
- preload music and ensure sound is low enough that emergency vehicles can be heard.
Once driving has started, teens (and all other drivers) should refrain from other distractions that can take their eyes off the road, such as eating, drinking or grooming. Eyes should remain on the road and if it does become necessary to pay attention to something other than driving, drivers should stop the vehicle and pull over in a safe area.
Risks Involving Teen Drivers
Distractions aren’t the only dangers that could result in teen drivers crashing. Inexperience and engaging in risky behaviors, such as speeding or impairment, are others. The risk of an accident is also increased when there are passengers in the vehicle.
Whether injuries have been sustained in an accident with a teen driver or anyone else who has acted in a negligent manner, victims may file a claim for damages. The law firm ofGacovino, Lake & Associates can assist.