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The summer brings dangers for teen drivers

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Commuters don’t want to get into an accident, but car crashes happen in Florida frequently. That does not mean the risks of car crashes are uniform throughout the year. True, a car crash may occur anytime and anywhere, but the summer months might bring more risks. Teenagers, in particular, may face significant dangers when driving in the summer.

The summer season brings dangers

The 100 deadliest days of the year may start on Memorial Day and end on Labor Day. Roads become crowded with vacationers and tourists, creating potential road hazards. A lack of driving experience could contribute to even more significant risks for teens.

Tragically, 7,000 people lost their lives between 2010 and 2019 in crashes involving teens during the summer months. Adults may find it worthwhile to discuss driving safety with their teens. Doing so could help prevent a deadly crash.

Teens and driving behaviors

Since teenagers don’t have as many years on the road as experienced adult drivers, a teen might not realize how dangerous some bad habits are. Speeding increases the risk of a crash dramatically, and many teens speed. They could also be more prone to distracted driving, using their smartphones or talking to a passenger while driving. These decisions might make motor vehicle accidents more likely.

Even the safest teen driver could face risks from other commuters when traveling on Florida roads. Many summer activities involve alcohol consumption, meaning drunk drivers might be on the road. Defensive driving tactics may help a teen avoid a collision when near such a driver.

Some accidents are unavoidable, and people get hurt. When this happens, expect a victim to seek compensation. A lawsuit or an insurance claim could lead to recovering any losses.

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