Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, car wrecks involving teenagers are expected to increase by 43 percent, according to the Highway Safety division of AAA. This year, there were 39 million people traveling during the Memorial Day weekend. Out in force that weekend? Teenage drivers — many who are driving while distracted and inexperienced.
Most teens are out of school for these summer days and their cars are on the road — full of teenage passengers, cellphones and even alcohol. From 2010 to 2014, over 5,000 lost their lives in car crashes that involved drivers between the ages of 16 and 19, according to AAA. One man said, “People are in a hurry to get [to their destinations]. They’re driving crazy, they’re on their cell phones, and it’s chaos sometimes.”
Chaos — that can be used to describe a motor vehicle accident scene, too. As parents, you have a chance to get through to your children when it comes to distracted driving, texting and driving, driving while intoxicated and other often deadly decisions. However, even just having other teen passengers in a vehicle can be a distraction that leads to an accident.
AAA says that most of the accidents where a teen driver is involved and someone dies occur at night. While teens are responsible for many of the deaths that occur, adults are too. Adults who are driving while distracted, talking on their cellphones or driving while intoxicated often take someone’s life as well. Hopefully, many teen drivers in New Hampshire and across the country will listen to you — the parents — and watch their behavior while they are enjoying their summer. Otherwise, it could be their last.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car wreck that also involved a teen driver, an attorney can provide more information on your legal options.