The summer means teens have more time to kick back and relax or have fun,
but unfortunately, the less structured schedule also leaves more time
for distractions like texting, eating or applying makeup while driving,
according to a
May 24 press releasefrom the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
“In fact, the summer months rank the highest for crashes and related
injuries/fatalities among teen drivers and passengers,” the release states.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that:
- Approximately 387,000 Americans were injured in distracted driving-related
crashes in 2011, and there were an estimated 3,331 fatalities.
- 10 percent of injury crashes in 2011 were reported as “distraction-affected,”
and 11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in a fatal
crash were reportedly distracted at the time of the crash.
And according to AAA, summer is the most dangerous time of year for teen
drivers with seven of the top 10 deadliest days occurring between Memorial
Day and Labor Day holidays.
That’s why the “Decide to Drive” campaign, sponsored by the
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance), is urging young drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel and
eyes on the road this summer to ensure that they, their friends, family
and fellow travelers, stay safe.
Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for
an average of 4.6 seconds, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
At 44 mph, that’s like driving
the entire length of a football field, blind. New NHTSA research found that drivers are more than
three times more likely to get in a car crash while reaching for an object in the car; 23 times
more likely while texting.
“Orthopaedic surgeons are the medical doctors who put bones and limbs
back together after road crashes and trauma,” said AAOS President
Joshua Jacobs, MD. “We want to prevent distracted driving injuries,
including those involving young drivers, and keep them and their passengers
safe and strong for life.”
“Decide to Drive” offers the
Wreck-less Checklist for young (and all) drivers.
No one should have to suffer because of a driver who refused to put their
own safety and the safety of others above whatever may have distracted
them at the time like a text or a phone call. If you have been injured
in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, an experienced
law firm, such as Vanguard Attorneys, can help you to pursue compensation
for your injuries, please