The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is typically the deadliest for teen drivers in Washington and elsewhere throughout the country. This is primarily because they tend to be on the road more often during this period.
Why are younger drivers in more danger during the summer months?
As a general rule, teen motorists are at a greater risk of causing motor vehicle crashes because of their lack of experience. They are statistically more likely to speed, drive while distracted or otherwise make decisions that could harm themselves and others around them. A younger motorist may also struggle during periods of inclement weather or while traveling in an area that they are not familiar with.
More cars on the road can result in more accidents
It’s also worth noting that more cars on the road can increase the risk of a motor vehicle accident on its own. This is because even a minor mistake such as an improper lane change could mean hitting another vehicle when every lane is full of traffic.
What can be done to help teens drive safely?
The parents of teen drivers are encouraged to speak with their kids about best practices for avoiding crashes. These practices include never driving while impaired, always obeying the speed limit and not using a phone while their cars are in motion. If necessary, parents may want to restrict how many people their children travel with as passengers can also be distracting to young drivers.
If you are hurt in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. It may be possible to use witness statements, a police report or other evidence to show that the driver who caused the crash was distracted or impaired when it happened.