As a parent of a Georgia teenager, you may have to adjust to sharing your car or truck with your son or daughter during the summer months. Even if you do not have kids of your own, though, you may notice the influx of teenage drivers who take to the state’s roadways once school lets out. At Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks & McKinnon, LLP, we recognize that, as the number of teen drivers on the roads increases, so, too, does your chance of involvement in a fatal crash.
According to AAA, the number of fatal car wrecks involving teen drivers increases significantly during the summer months. In 2016, for example, the number of fatal teenager-involved car wrecks rose 14% in comparison with the remainder of the year, with an average of 10 people dying every day on the nation’s roads during the span between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This stretch of time has become such a dangerous time to be on the road, in fact, that it has become known as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.”
Just what are teenage drivers doing during this time that makes it so dangerous to share the road with them? In some cases, teenage drivers make mistakes behind the wheel due to inexperience, rather than malice or negligence, but the repercussions can prove equally deadly, regardless of a driver’s intentions.
In other cases, though, fatal car wrecks occur because teen drivers are making poor decisions. Speed, for example, is a common factor in many fatal teen driver-involved car crashes, with speed contributing to almost 30% of all fatal wrecks involving teenage motorists. You can find more about car crashes and other personal injury topics on our webpage.