Over the past five years, it has become increasingly apparent that fatal car accidents involving teenage drivers climb substantially during what has been dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days.” This refers to the period beginning at Memorial Day and continuing on for the next 100 days. During this time period in each of the last five years, over 5,000 people have died in crashes involving teenage drivers.
Earlier this summer, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a follow-up study confirming what other researchers have found in similar studies. Crashes involving teen drivers spike significantly during the 100 Deadliest Days; in fact, the average overall number of deaths from crashes involving teenage drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 increased by 16 percent per deadliest day as compared to the other 265 days of the year. That works out to about 1,022 deaths per year attributable to teenage drivers, or about 10 deaths were day.
According to the AAA study, almost 60% of these crashes involved some sort of distraction for the teenage drivers. The study examined more than 2,200 videos taken from in-car dash cameras in the moments leading up to each crash. The results were not surprising. In 15% of those crashes, the drivers were talking or attending to other passengers in their vehicles. In 12% of those crashes, the drivers were talking, texting, or operating a cell phone. In another 11% of the crashes, the drier was attending to or looking at something inside the vehicle.
The statistics are clear that all too often, teenage drivers cause serious accidents that result in injury and death to other drivers and passengers. In this situation, you need the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney who can help guide you through the personal injury claims process. The Madison personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan handle personal injury cases on a daily basis, and we know what it takes to get the compensation that you need. Take the first step and call our office today to set up your free consultation with one of our Wisconsin auto accident lawyers.