According to AAA, the stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day is called the “100 Deadliest Days,” due to the heightened risks of fatal car accidents involves teens during this timeframe. As summer draws to an end, however, we should start to see a decrease in this fatality rate, at least from a statistical perspective.
Summer months bring about higher fatality rates among teenagers as they drive more frequently and for longer distances, to the beach, to the pool, and to their summer jobs. The average number of motor vehicle-related deaths for individuals between the ages of 16 and 19 increase by about 16% between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year, as compared to the remaining days during the year. Nonetheless, motor vehicle accidents remain the leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States.
Recent studies show that distraction continues to be one of the leading causes of accidents for teenage drivers. Common distractions include talking or paying attention to passengers, using cell phones to text or talk, and looking at something inside the vehicle, such as the radio tuner. The reality is that as the number of teenage passengers increase, the risk of a motor vehicle crash correspondingly increases.
The AAA Traffic Safety Foundation recommends that parents set guidelines about teen drivers having passengers in their vehicles, as well as forbidding cell phone usage or other distracting behaviors while driving. Parents even may want to extend the period of time during which teenagers must drive with their parents before hitting the road on their own, or requiring teen drivers to refrain from driving with any passengers for a specified period of time. About 40% of fatal accidents involving teenage drivers occur between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Restricting a teenager to driving only during daytime hours until he or she gains more driving experience is one way to combat this risk.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.