Every summer, the number of fatal car accidents involving teenagers goes up. This generally happens between Memorial Day and Labor Day. When researchers look at decades of data, they find that there have been thousands of excessive deaths over these times.
As a result, some have taken to calling these the “100 deadliest days of summer.” Why is it that car accidents increase at this time? There are a few different factors to consider.
Longer days and better weather
One thing to keep in mind is simply that you have warmer weather and more daylight hours. This means that people tend to stay out longer and do more activities. Accidents themselves may decline in the winter months when people simply stay home more often.
Teenagers aren’t in school
But the biggest issue is just that teens are on break from school. This is also true of young adults who are college students. All of these young drivers have some of the highest fatal crash rates in the country, but a bit of the risk is mitigated when they have to spend every day in class. When they get those three months off for the summer break, they drive much more often and the risks for everyone skyrocket.
Is there anything that can be done?
It’s important for parents to talk to teenagers about the risks and how they go up in the summer. They also need to work with their children on safe driving practices.
But the reality is that teens often just need to gain experience over time, and car accidents are going to happen as a result. Those who have been injured or lost loved ones must know how to seek financial compensation.