Not so, according to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analyzed by the American Automobile Association. When it comes to the driving habits of teenagers age 16 to 19 who are on summer recess, the 100 days after Memorial Day are the deadliest of summer for one reason: cell phone use behind the wheel.

Perhaps the clear road conditions create a false sense of security for teenage drivers, allowing them to rationalize distracted driving. Another possible reason for the negligent driving behavior may be sheer habit: A Pew Research Center study indicated that about 55 percent of teenagers send an average of 80 daily texts. That volume of texting may be hard to imagine. No wonder that nearly one-quarter of teenage cellphone users report that they are constantly on their phone.

One thing is certain: Authorities agree that texting or using social media while driving is an extremely dangerous activity. Such behaviors take a driver’s eyes off the road. Consequently, he or she may not even see a crash that is coming.

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Our personal injury law attorneys have witnessed the serious injuries that result from distracted driving. We would prefer for teenage drivers to refrain from unsafe behaviors, but if an accident has occurred, we will work hard to obtain the full compensation that personal injury victims deserve. That calculation may include lost wages, actual and anticipated medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Source: USA Today, “AAA: 100 ‘deadliest days’ of summer: Teens on the road after Memorial Day,” Bart Jansen, June 1, 2016

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