Teens are naturally more prone to unsafe driving, and this puts them at risk for a car crash. At no other time does this become more evident than during the “100 deadliest days.” Texas residents should know that this refers to the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. According to AAA, there were more than 8,300 deaths arising from accidents with teen drivers during the 100 deadliest days from 2008 to 2018.
Parents should be aware of the kinds of unsafe driving that teens engage in the most. In a recent Traffic Safety Culture Index, 72% of 16- to 18-year-old respondents said they acted unsafe behind the wheel in the past 30 days. Of these, 47% went 10 miles over the speed limit in a residential area, 40% went 15 miles over on the freeway, 35% texted and 32% ran red lights. The survey also mentioned aggressive driving, drowsy driving and seat belt neglect.
To prepare their teens for the 100 deadliest days, parents should warn them about the danger posed by these unsafe behaviors. They should create a parent-teen driving agreement that lays down rules against these behaviors. For at least 50 hours, parents could also coach their teens in the vehicle as they drive. Above all, though, parents must set a good example themselves.
Those who are injured at the hands of a teen driver may pursue a personal injury case. Gathering evidence against the driver and negotiating for a settlement with the auto insurance company might be difficult, though, so victims are advised to have a lawyer by their side. A personal injury lawyer might bring in third parties like crash investigators and medical experts to help. Once the case is ready, the lawyer may start negotiations, litigating as a last resort.