For most area teen age groups the number one cause of accidental death involves Illinois car accidents. Most parents know that the first few years after acquiring a driver’s license represent the riskiest period for new drivers. Many may not be aware, however, that the summer is actually the deadliest time of year for those young drivers.
The LakeForest-LakeBluff Patch reported late last week on a new AAA report which revealed that far more fatal teen driving crashes occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day than at any other time throughout the year. An average of 422 teen drivers are killed during each month in the summer. In the past five years, more than 7,300 teenage drivers have died across the country in the summer months alone.
The head of the Chicago AAA explained the danger, noting that “Parents should not underestimate the critical role they play in keeping their teens safe, especially during these high-risk months. Life feels more care-free when school’s out and teens have more opportunities to drive or ride care late at night with other teens-a deadly mix.”
Area advocates urge local parents to encourage road safety in their teen drivers. This may include limits on driving for unnecessary reasons and limits on the number of other friends that can be in the car at one time. In addition, night driving increases the chance of getting caught in a deadly accident, so that may be cut down upon if necessary.
The lives of our youngest drivers are far too precious to lose in preventable accidents. Our Illinois car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti know that the vast majority of fatal accidents in our area involve mistakes that could have been prevented with more careful driving. We urge all parents to impart safe driving lessons on their children to help cut down on the number of accidents this summer season
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