California teen drivers more likely to crash during summer months

Posted on in Car Accidents

Getting into a car accident can have far reaching implications, sometimes permanently changing the course of one's life. If the injuries are severe, the car accident victim may have to deal with the injuries for a long time. The impact can be even greater if the accident was fatal.

Because of the concern regarding teenagers in car accidents, the California State Automobile Association is focusing efforts on teen driving this summer. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that more than 7,000 teenagers were killed in car accidents during the summer over the course of five years. And now that school is out, there will be more young drivers out on the road again.

Statistics also show that the number of fatal car accidents involving teen drivers is greater in the summer months than during the typical school year. To address these high numbers, the NHTSA has identified several factors that attribute to teen driving accidents:

  • Unrestricted driving - teenagers get into more accidents over the same period of time when compared with other drivers; this could be due to inexperience
  • Inexperience - teenage drivers are not accustomed to challenging situations on the road
  • Passengers - the more passengers that are in the car, the more likely a teenager will be distracted behind the wheel
  • Night driving - it is twice as likely that a teenager will get into an accident at night; this could be due to inexperience and limited visibility

The NHTSA and the CSAA are encouraging parents to understand some of the factors in teen driver accidents. Summer should be a time of fun and relaxation, not crashes and serious injuries.

Source: San Lorenzo Patch online, "Focus on Teen Driver Safety This Summer," David Mills, 08 June 2011

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