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Why we’re in the middle of the riskiest time of year to drive

People in Las Vegas might think the reason we’re in the middle of what’s known as the “100 deadliest days of the year” is the daily triple-digit heat. However, these 100 days are the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the fatality rate for teen drivers is more than 40% higher than at any other time of the year.

Drivers and passengers of all ages face higher risks during the summer months. For example, more people are driving in unfamiliar locations on vacation – including those who visit Las Vegas from near and far. There are more pedestrians, bicyclists and e-scooter enthusiasts out than usual. Further, this period includes three major holidays that often involve drinking. 

Teens are more likely to be driving during the summer

The summer is especially dangerous for teen drivers because they’re more likely to be behind the wheel – and potentially more likely to be impaired by alcohol and/or drugs – than during the school year. Even if they aren’t impaired or distracted by their passengers or other things, they’re still relatively new to driving – and to responding appropriately to unforeseen circumstances.

The heat, which can easily hit over 100 degrees for multiple days in a row, is hard on drivers and their vehicles alike. This makes our roads even more dangerous during the summer.

Impairment and speed are responsible for most Nevada crashes

Certainly, teen drivers aren’t to blame for all crashes. There are larger problems caused by drivers of all ages – and throughout the year. A study by the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Transportation Research Center, 60% of crashes in Nevada are caused by impaired driving. Further, a third of fatal crashes in Nevada last year involved at least one driver who was speeding. 

While all of these things are important to know so that drivers can better be on the lookout for negligent and reckless drivers, sometimes it’s impossible to avoid them. If you or a loved one has been injured or worse by another driver, it’s crucial not to settle with them or their insurer until you know what kind of expenses and other damages (both short-term and long-term) you can anticipate. Having legal guidance can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.


John P. Aldrich
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