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What the “100 deadliest days” means for all drivers

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2024 | Car Accidents |

If you’ve got a new teen driver in the house, you may have already heard the grim term “100 deadliest days” on the roads. That’s the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day that has historically been the time of year when more teens are killed in car crashes than any other time of year. 

Not all of those crashes, however, solely involve teens. In fact, it’s been estimated that nearly two-thirds of those injured or killed in those crashes are people other than teen drivers.

What dangerous behaviors cause most of the crashes?

The leading causes of these deadly summer crashes are the old reliable culprits: speeding, impairment by alcohol and/or drugs and distraction. Of course, these are dangerous driving behaviors for anyone of any age. However, because they have less experience than adults behind the wheel, teens have even less ability to drive safely when any of these factors is present and to make quick maneuvers to avoid crashes. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health also includes failure to wear seat belts and driving at night as factors that make teen drivers particularly vulnerable to crashes. Even though teens with an intermediate license typically aren’t allowed to drive after dark and have limits regarding passengers, that doesn’t mean they all adhere to these and other restrictions. Other passengers – particularly other teens – can be a dangerous distraction for young drivers.

Obviously, you can’t just turn and go another direction when you see a young driver behind the wheel. However, it’s important for all drivers to be extra cautious during these upcoming summer months when many teens and other drivers are more likely to be on the roads. 

If you or a loved one has been injured or worse in a crash caused by a reckless or negligent driver, it’s crucial to get the maximum possible compensation to help ensure that medical bills and other expenses and damages are fully covered. Having legal guidance can help you deal with the details and protect your rights.