While summer is still a month away, the improving weather and the holiday create an attraction for individuals to take to the road. Thus begins the 100 deadliest days, beginning Memorial Day weekend and lasting until Labor Day weekend.
As people go on vacations, road trips, and spend more time out in the sun, the increase of drivers on the road presents several different dangers. It’s important to recognize just why this time is considered the 100 deadliest days.
Here are some of the statistics:
Across the nation, roughly 260 teens are fatally injured in auto accidents during the summer months. Compared to the rest of the months, this is a 26% increase.
The teen driver fatality crash rate during these months is 43%.
Passengers are the leading cause of distractions for teens, accounting for 15% of accidents involving teenage drivers. Cell phone use comes in at second, causing 12% of teen driver accidents.
Roughly 60% of teen crashes are caused by distracted driving.
While summer break is one of the biggest contributors to accidents during the 100 deadliest days, all drivers on the road are susceptible to harm even when one party is considered negligent. Overall, the total number of fatal crashes during these 100 days nearly doubles across the entire nation.
It’s imperative that all drivers, parents, and teens recognize the numerous dangers as the summer months approach. There are countless individuals on the road—many of them who are distracted or potentially intoxicated.
If you or your loved one sustain an injury because of someone else’s negligent actions, it’s critical to take legal action to pursue the compensation you need for the damages suffered. Our St. Louis car accident lawyers are here to help.
With Meyerkord & Kurth on your side, you can feel confident that your case will be handled with care and compassion, as well as with the aggressiveness needed to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.
Call our firm today at (800) 391-4318.