According to AAA data, summertime is the most common time for teenage drivers to become involved in car accidents. During the “100 deadliest days of summer,” which stretch from Memorial Day to Labor Day, more 1,000 individuals are killed in accidents involving teenage drivers each year. This equates to about 10 people per day. This number of deaths involving teenage drivers is 16% higher than during other times of the year. This is because teenagers are out of school and driving more during the summer months.
Furthermore, teens are more likely to stay linked into social media and use their phones when they drive than adults. Therefore, almost 60% of accidents involving teen drivers are the result of driver distraction, whether the drivers are texting, talking on the phone, using GPS, or searching the internet. Another 15% of crashes were caused by the driver talking to one or more passengers in the vehicle, and 11% involved drivers who were looking at or attending to something in the vehicle.
According to the Pew Research Center, 55% of teenagers send daily text messages, at an average of 80 texts per day. In 2009, 92% of teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 had cell phones, and 24% of this age group reported being constantly online. These figures show that cell phone usage does not lead to safe driving behaviors. Another study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting while driving results in a 23% greater chance of being involved in a crash. In fact, texting results in more dangerous driving behavior than just using a cell phone to call another person, simply because it requires a driver to divert both hands and eyes in order to send a text message.
Personal injury claims are very complex, and you will need an experienced personal injury lawyer to guide you through the claims process as appropriate. Each type of claim has strict requirements and deadlines that a claimant must meet in order to maintain a successful claim. Boller & Vaughan are Wisconsin motor vehicle accident lawyers who dedicate their practice to protecting the interests of the injured and their families. Contact our office today to set up your free consultation and learn what options are available to you.