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Summer Driving Months Deadliest For Teens

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Posted on July 16, 2013

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 release from 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 contact us.

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