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AAA: 100 deadliest days for teen drivers are in summer

In Nevada, as elsewhere in the nation, auto accident risk goes up during the summer, especially among teen drivers. Ford Motor Company says that the 100 days between Memorial Day (the unofficial start of summer) and Labor Day are a dangerous time for teens. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety goes so far as to call this the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers.

The deadly teen driver crash average goes up to 15% in those first 100 days. The reason is that teens are inexperienced and that they spend more time on the road during this season. Parties, in particular Fourth of July parties, can lead to teens driving while impaired. At other times, teens are liable to become distracted by their phones behind the wheel.

Parents are advised to tell their teens what being a safe driver is about. Safe practices that everyone should follow include using the seatbelt, avoiding distractions and being careful in construction zones. Teens may also want to reduce night driving and limit the number of passengers since conversations in the car can become a distraction.

If teens are heading out someplace, they should know the route beforehand to avoid confusion. Their vehicle must be properly maintained, and the tire pressure should be at the right level.

All drivers, regardless of age, are responsible for keeping their vehicles under control. If a drowsy, distracted or impaired driver causes a car accident, their auto insurance company may soon be facing a personal injury claim. It can be difficult for victims to strive on their own for a settlement, so hiring a lawyer may be wise. A lawyer could hire investigators to collect proof of negligence.

John P. Aldrich
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