According to a recent report done by the
National Safety Council, more teens are killed in a car accident in roughly a 100-day summer period
that stretches through Labor Day than any other time in the year. In fact,
in 2012, nearly 1,000 people in the U.S. died in motor vehicle crashes
involving a teen driver during this time period. From the years 2004 to
2013, there were 1,586 fatal accidents in Michigan involving drivers sixteen
to twenty years old.
The National Safety Council attributes this rising car accident death rate
to be attributed to multiple reasons. These reasons include:
- During the summer months teens typically carry more passenger friends in
their vehicle causing much more distraction and a higher risk of being
involved in a crash.
- Social Acceptance - Teens automatically have a desire to be accepted. Due
to this psychological-social aspect, teens may drive how their passengers
want them to drive, which may not necessarily be the safest way to drive.
- During the summer months teens typically are out on the roads later at
night due to no school. At night crash risk is higher, however for teens
it is especially higher due to the fact that they limited visibility and
often driver fatigue.
Although the death rate among teens is highest during the summer, some
good news is that statistics do show that ultimately the overall number
of fatalities in the last decade involving teen drivers has decreased.
Graduated teen licensing programs may have helped the situation as it does
put limits on what hours teens can drive and how many passenger they can
have in their car for example.
No matter what the cause of the accident may be, victims injured in a Michigan
car accident do have legal rights. If you or someone you care about was
injured or killed due to the negligence of another driver, call our top
rated law firm today at(248) 793-2010 to discuss your case. We understand this may be a difficult time for you. Our
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