Teenagers are not the safest drivers on Oklahoma roads. While many young drivers follow traffic laws and avoid collisions, statistics show that an unfortunate number of accidents involve teenagers. During the summer months, the potential for accidents involving young drivers increases. Examining some reasons why could assist with prevention.
Looking at teen drivers and summertime accidents
The AAA Foundation for Road Safety performed a study that reviewed the 100 days of summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day and discovered that teenagers find themselves involved in a high volume of fatal accidents. One reason appears to be a lack of driving experience since many drivers age 16 and 17 hit the roads for the first time.
Summer streets and highways may be a lot more crowded than during other seasons. More drivers on the road could lead to increased chances for an accident. A high volume of drivers, including those new to driving, poses a risk to everyone’s safety.
Inexperience and recklessness
Reckless driving behavior could lead to car accidents, and teenagers may be more likely to have less-than-safe attitudes on the road. Not keeping hands on the wheel can create dangers, and those choosing to play with a multimedia screen or eat fast food with one hand might not realize the risks they take.
Distractions may come in other forms, such as texting while driving. A teenager’s affinity for technology might add up to a troubling mix when combined with inexperienced driving. Teenagers could also feel impatient on the road, an attitude that might contribute to speeding. Traveling at even slightly higher speeds than the surrounding vehicles makes stopping harder and increases the force of impact.
An individual hurt in an auto collision may consult with an attorney to discuss litigation against the responsible party. The attorney may review the incident to determine the full amount of the losses.