While each driving season in Missouri brings with it specific risks, driving in the summertime can be especially dangerous for many state residents. Why? Once school lets out for the season, many of the state’s teenage drivers appear on the roadways, and sharing the road with many drivers in this age group can increase your odds of a car crash. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we know that fatal car wrecks involving teen drivers increase considerably during the summer, and we have helped many people who were victims in such crashes pursue solutions that meet their needs.
Per AAA, younger drivers are more likely than older, more experienced ones to find themselves involved in car wrecks at any time of the year. However, the fact that so many teenagers take to the roads at the same time during the summer months makes it a particularly dangerous time to be on the road. The length of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day can prove so dangerous, in fact, that many have begun referring to it as the “100 Deadliest Days.”
Just how much more dangerous is it to be on the road during this span of time, compared to the rest of the year? Research shows that your chance of losing your life in a teen-involved car accident is 14% higher during summer’s 100 Deadliest Days than it is throughout the remainder of the year. In 2016, alone, about 1,050 people died in crashes with teenage drivers during this time, with about 10 people dying on the roads every day in the United States throughout this deadly period.
While inexperience is a frequent factor in car wrecks involving teen drivers, so, too, is speed. Almost 30% of 2016’s teenage driver-involved automotive fatalities that occurred during summer’s 100 Deadliest Days involved speed. You can find more about car crashes on our webpage.