The “100 Deadliest Days” has begun. Starting Memorial Day, teen crash fatalities will rise over the next 100 days. Over the past five years, there have been more than 5,000 car crash fatalities involving teen drivers. Crashes increase during the summer months due to teen drivers being out of school and having more activities to do. The AAA Foundation has released that 60% of teen crashes involve some type of distracted driving. Through their research, they have also found a rise in texting while driving.
AAA says, (during the “100 Deadliest Days”) “The average number of deaths from crashes involving teen drivers ages 16-19 increased by 16% per day compared to other days of the year.”
On average, 10 people die each day during the “100 Deadliest Days” due to a teen driver.
AAA has also revealed after an 8-year study, what they have found to be the top three distractions for teens while driving:
- Talking to or attending to a passenger in the vehicle contributed to 15% of crashes.
- Talking, texting or any use of a cell phone contributed to 12% of crashes.
- Looking at or attending to something inside of the vehicle contributed to 11% of crashes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has put forth many efforts to try and eliminate distracted driving as well. The NHTSA urges drivers to turn off all electronics and put them out of reach before heading out onto the road.
The administration believes to be successful at getting distracted drivers off the road, we need to begin educating young drivers at home. Parents should set a good example for their kids by not texting while driving and teach them about responsible driving.
Remember, distracted driving is not just about using electronic devices behind the wheel. Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes and attention off the road. This includes: eating, drinking, adjusting the radio and even other passengers.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green. Our attorneys will provide you with a free no-obligation consultation to evaluate your case. Call 412-661-1400 to speak with an attorney today.