Why Are Teens at Such a Higher Risk of Being Injured in a California Accident on Memorial Day?
As Memorial Day weekend comes up, it is a good time to look at why teens are at such a higher risk for suffering an injurious car accident than older drivers are. This is true every day of the year but has been found to be doubly true on Memorial Day. Keep reading to learn more, and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation if you or a loved one was injured in a car accident.
The More Vehicles Are on the Road the More Dangerous the Roads Are
First, let us look at why there are more car accidents in general on Memorial Day weekend. The main reason is that there are more cars on the road and the more cars there are on the road, the more likely it is that an accident will occur. AAA estimates that in 2019, more than 43 million people were on the roads over the holiday weekend.
The Stats About Teen Drivers
Now let us look at the impact that car accidents have on teen drivers. They are the top cause of death amongst teens. There is no age group that has a higher rate of vehicle collisions than teens. In the average summer month, 260 teen drivers will die. This is startling as is, but it is 26% higher than a non-summer month. What is it about summer that makes it so dangerous? It is simple: there are more teens on the roads, and more teens are under the influence of alcohol.
The Top Causes of Teen Vehicle Accidents
The most common cause of a teen vehicle accident is distraction. Distraction can occur as a result of texting or otherwise using their phone while driving, but studies have shown that simply having a passenger in the vehicle can be a significant distraction for teens. Other top causes of teen accidents including driving while intoxicated, speeding, inexperience, and a lack of inhabitation that would otherwise keep them safe.
Teens Are More Likely to Be Involved in Other Types of Accidents
Teen drivers are not just more likely to be involved in an accident with another driver, they also have the highest rate of accident that results in deaths of people on bikes, pedestrians, and even passengers in their vehicle.
If your teen is involved in a car accident in which someone else was at fault, or if you are injured in an accident by a teen driver, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.