Ohio residents should be aware that driving in the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day can be dangerous, especially for teens. This period is known as the “100 deadliest days” because of the many fatal crashes that occur that involve a teen driver. AAA says that more than 8,300 fatalities arose from these crashes during the 100 deadliest days between 2008 and 2018.
Drivers aged 16 to 17 are, for every mile traveled, three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than adults are. During the 100 deadliest days, teens are out of school and thus spend more time on the road, so it makes sense that this period would become so deadly.
Parents can make the summer season safer, though, by sitting down and talking with their teens about the various forms of negligent behavior behind the wheel. They could consult the results of a AAA Traffic Culture Safety Index, where 72% of drivers aged 16 to 18 admitted to at least one such form of behavior. For instance, 40% would speed on the highway, 35% would text and drive and 32% would run red lights.
Parents could consider supervising some practice driving with their teens for at least 50 hours. Better yet, they can drive safe themselves so that teens take their advice more seriously.
If parents don’t take precautions like this, there will only be more and more auto accidents involving teens. This also means more personal injury claims. In this state, crash victims who are not more than 50% at fault may be eligible for compensation, and so they can pursue a claim against the defendant’s insurance provider. Actually negotiating a fair settlement is another matter, though, and may require some legal assistance. Victims may want to request a case evaluation.