Memorial Day is the start of what is known as the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. According to the most recent data from the National Safety Council, nearly 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2012. More than half of the people killed were teens themselves.
The NSC cites several reasons for the spike in accidents during the summer months: teens drive more frequently for recreational purposes; they may stay out later at night when the risk of crash is higher; and they are more likely to be driving with friends. The National Safety Council says passengers increase the risk of a teen driver being involved in a fatal crash by at least 44%.
In an effort to reduce the risk of accidents, the NSC urges parents to establish guidelines for their teens – and consequences for breaking them – in addition to reviewing their state’s young driver guidelines.
Leonard Sciolla has experience representing people of all ages who are injured in motor vehicle accidents. Contact attorneys Chris Fleming and Marisa Ciarrocki in our Philadelphia office at (215) 567-1530, or Greg Sciolla in our New Jersey office at (856) 273-6679.
Published May 21, 2016