We posted previously on our Maine Injury Lawyer Blog that teens are at high risk for tragic accidents during prom and graduation season. Now that Memorial Day has passed and summer has officially begun, teens continue to be at a high risk for Bangor car accidents as this season brings the 100 deadliest days for teen crashes.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving advises parents to set some rules during the 100 deadliest days to prevent what could be an avoidable accident. Portland car accident attorneys understand the devastation families go through when a teen driver is killed in a drunk driving or distracted driving accident.
Nationwide in 2009, about 3,000 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 were killed in car accidents. Nine of the 10 deadliest days for young drivers fall between the months of May and August. More than 350,000 teens nationally were also sent to an emergency room in 2009 for medical treatment of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash.
May is deemed National Youth Traffic Safety Month for a reason. Talking to teens about safe driving could help reduce the number of young driver accidents caused by drunk or distracted driving throughout the summer months.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data for drivers between the ages of 15 and 20, from 1996 to 2006:
-The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day statistically showed 21 of the 25 deadliest days occurred between these holidays.
-June 14, July 3 and August 8 were the three days that reported the most fatal accidents.
-29 percent of all deaths occurred during the months of May, July and August, which are considered the deadliest months of the year for teens.
There is hope if parents have an open dialogue with their teen during the early stages of driving. MADD suggests that parents get involved in their teen’s safety by enforcing driving rules. First, never allow them to drink and drive. Communicate the dangers and consequences of what can happen if they get behind the wheel while under the influence. When your teen gets their driver’s license, limit the amount of time they drive at night, especially with other teen passengers in the car. Allow them to gain driving experience during late hours a little at a time. You should also ban the use of their cell phone while they are driving. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of teen accidents, so eliminate as many distractions as possible while they are behind the wheel.
If you have concerns about drunk driving in Maine, contact Maine MADD for assistance.
The car accident attorneys at Peter Thompson & Associates know the rights of victims who have been injured or killed in a drunk driving accident in Bangor, Portland and throughout Maine. Call for a consultation and advice at 1-800-804-2004.
More Blog Entries:
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to Reduce Car Accidents in Portland and Elsewhere, Maine Injury Lawyer Blog, April 14, 2011