An alarming number of teenage drivers admit to taking unnecessary risks while on the road, and their actions have caused a substantial uptick in road deaths during the summertime. Each year, the “100 Deadliest Days” period occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and during this time, your chances of a fatal crash with a teenage motorist spike considerably.
Per AAA, road deaths resulting from crashes involving drivers between 15 and 18 increase by 17% during the summer, leading to the deaths of almost 700 people every year. Between 2013 and 2017, almost 3,500 people passed away in teenage driver-involved car wrecks during the 100 Deadliest Days periods.
While current statistics suggest that distracted driving plays a role in 9% of fatal teen-involved crashes, many safety advocates and others believe this figure is far too low to be accurate. It is often difficult for authorities to say whether distracted driving played a role in a crash, so it may be a contributing factor far more often than reports show.
What is clear, though, is that teenagers drive while distracted too often. More than 50% of teenage motorists admit to reading texts or emails while in the driver’s seat within the past 30 days.
Other common factors
Many crashes involving teen drivers also involve speed or alcohol. Data shows that speed contributed to almost 30% of fatal crashes involving drivers within this age group over a recent five-year span. Drunk driving was a factor in another 17% of fatal teen-involved car wrecks during that same stretch of time.
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