100 Deadly Days of Summer
AAA Newsroom defines the 100-day period between Memorial Day and Labor Day to be the most dangerous period for drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) studies crash data to detect trends and set national priorities. Their collected data has shown that 29 percent more people die from car crashes in summer compared to winter. In the summer, there are more young and inexperienced drivers on the roads because school is out. Teenagers are the age group most involved in summer car crashes. Also, according to the NHTSA, on average, 260 teenagers die in car accidents each summer. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in teenagers and young drivers. It is imperative to encourage Teens of driving age to stay off their electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle and to limit the number of passengers to avoid distractions. Also, encourage your teens to call a responsible adult if they feel they are in a dangerous driving situation and to refuse rides from other teens driving under the influence.
It is important for every driver to understand safe driving tips like obeying traffic signs and remaining at the speed limit. Speeding causes thirty percent of fatal teen car crashes. Teenagers are more likely to get into a car accident at night. This is because of poor vision and drinking and driving. If you suspect your kids of drinking, make sure they are not driving. Drinking and driving takes up twenty-five percent of fatal teen car crashes.
What to do when in a Motor Vehicle Accident
If your teenager is in an accident the first thing you need to do is, see if they are injured and if they are call 911 immediately. If there is no injury, call and report the accident and get a copy of the report. If they are still able to drive the car try and help them get to a safe place and out of traffic. If they cannot move the car, make sure they turn the hazard lights on. Make sure your teenagers know not to admit fault or place fault on the other driver. Do, however, make sure that the other driver isn’t injured, and if they need medical assistance call 911. Take photos of both the cars, license plates, the roads, traffic signs, and if possible, the direction each vehicle was traveling. Then you need to exchange information. If the police are not called be sure to get their name, contact information, and the insurance company. Call your insurance agent as soon as possible. If possible, try to get a photo of their id and insurance card. Make sure your kids know to never give out their social security number. Take note of things like speed and weather conditions from when the accident occurred. If your child’s car is unsafe to drive call a tow truck company to move the car.
Rudolph F.X. Migliore P.C. has a wide range of experience handling motor vehicle accident cases. Contact Rudolph Migliore for a free legal consultation. Call 631-543-3663. We are a Personal Injury firm located at 353 Veterans Memorial Highway in Commack, New York.