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3 Things That Commonly Cause Accidents with Teen Drivers

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Hays County car crash attorneyFor many children and adults alike, Memorial Day signifies the start of summer. However, it is also the beginning of what has been dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days” due to the increased number of teen fatalities that occur on roadways between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The American Automobile Association (AAA) reports that during the summer months, there are three times as many fatal car accidents among teens when compared to adults.

Any car accident has the potential to be serious and cause injury to yourself or others, but a car accident with a teenager may be particularly severe. If you have been in a car accident with a teenager, here are a few different things that may have contributed to the accident:

Distracted Driving

One of the most common reasons for car accidents in general is distracted driving. The AAA states that distractions play a role in around six out of 10 car crashes, which is much higher than previously thought. There are many different things that could distract a person while they are driving, both inside and outside of the vehicle. Things such as changing the radio, adjusting the temperature controls, directing attention toward another passenger, putting on makeup, eating and/or drinking, and using your cell phone can all pose as distractions while driving.

Speeding

Another common factor consistent with teen driving is speeding. Speeding can become very dangerous and can play a large role in many traffic accidents. According to AAA, speeding is a factor in around 30 percent of fatal traffic accidents involving a teen driver. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that May through August are the months with the highest number of traffic fatalities involving both speeding and teen drivers.

Inexperience Behind the Wheel

When looking at teen drivers, specifically, inexperience could also play a role in the rate and severity of traffic accidents. When a person learns how to drive, they are typically around 16 or 17 years old. Teen drivers are much less experienced than adult drivers and may not always know how to behave or react in certain driving situations. This inexperience and lack of knowledge can lead to serious traffic accidents.

Contact a Hays County Car Accident Injury Attorney Today

Being injured in a car accident can affect your life in many ways. If you have been a victim of a car accident, you should speak with a skilled San Marcos, TX car accident injury lawyer. At New Braunfels Personal Injury Attorney, Inc., we can help you determine who is at fault for your car accident and your injuries. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, call our office today at 830-201-3515.

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/transportationsafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html

https://newsroom.aaa.com/2021/06/summertime-blues-the-return-of-the-100-deadliest-days-for-teen-drivers/

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