Many car accident cases in Ohio, involve teen drivers, oftentimes, as the defendant. Perhaps you will be pursuing such a claim yourself, in which case it would be good to know just how teens tend to be negligent behind the wheel.
Accidents on the 100 deadliest days
Perhaps the crash you were in occurred in the summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This period is actually known as the 100 deadliest days because it annually sees an increase in fatalities from teen driving crashes. Between 2008 and 2018, there were more than 8,300 such fatalities linked to this period. Teens are out of school for summer, driving more frequently and going to more parties, many of which serve alcohol and drugs.
Most common forms of negligent driving
It’s not just impaired driving among teens that sees an increase during the 100 deadliest days. Speeding and distracted driving are other widespread forms of negligent driving. In a recent Traffic Safety Culture Index, 87% of respondents aged 16 to 18 admitted to speeding either in a residential area (47%) or on the freeway (40%) in the past 30 days. Texting was brought up by 35%, followed by red-light running (32%) and aggressive driving (31%).
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has encouraged parents to do their part in at least reducing the chances of unsafe driving. They must talk to their teens about the dangers of breaking traffic laws, coach them on safe driving and ensure that they, the parents, set a good example to follow.
An attorney for complex injury cases
Many motor vehicle accidents end in serious injuries, especially if the injured party was riding a motorcycle. You may even be dealing with a temporary or permanent disability that affects your mental well-being and ability to work for a living. Getting legal assistance for your case, then, is highly recommended.