Teenagers in Texas and across the U.S. should understand the importance of safe driving, especially during summer break. Parents, for their part, can do a lot to encourage safe driving habits. First, they should prepare for the “100 deadliest days,” which is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
From 2008 to 2018, more than 8,300 people died in accidents that involved teen motorists during the 100 deadliest days. For every mile driven, 16- and 17-year-old drivers are 300% more likely than adult drivers to be in a fatal crash. As for what sort of actions put teenagers at risk, a recent AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index sheds some light.
In that survey, 72% of 16- to 18-year-olds admitted to engaging in risky actions behind the wheel at least once in the past 30 days. For instance, 47% admitted to driving at least 10 mph over the speed limit in a residential area while 35% admitted to texting and 32% said they ran a red light. Aggressive driving and drowsy driving were also widely reported.
Parents can explain the dangers of these forms of negligent driving, making sure to set a good example themselves. They could also coach their teens in practice sessions and create family rules for driving.
When car accidents occur because of someone’s negligence, an injured victim may seek compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance provider. If successful, the victim could be reimbursed for economic damages, such as vehicle repair and medical treatment costs, and non-economic damages, including physical and emotional suffering. It can be a long road toward recovery, so a victim might want a lawyer to assist them. Third-party investigators may be brought in to gather proof of the defendant’s negligence, starting with the police report.