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The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days.” This isn’t because of the heat, swimming pool accidents, or even the chance of space junk falling on our heads! It’s the result of an annual spike in car crashes involving teenage drivers.
From 2008 to 2018, more than 8,000 people died nationwide in teen-related crashes during the 100 Deadliest Days. Here in Georgia, 302 people died in similar collisions during that time frame, a full 34.9% percent of all fatal teen-related fatalities. Clearly, the summer months are a dangerous time to be on the road — but why?
The Cause of the 100 Deadliest Days
A big reason for the fatalities is that teen drivers are no longer safely in school. Instead, they’re driving to and from work, cruising with their friends, and taking road trips. This is a recipe for disaster! According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “for every mile driven, new teen drivers ages 16–17 years old are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly crash compared to adults.” Inexperienced drivers put us all at risk when they take the wheel.
Tips for Protecting Your Family
The 100 Deadliest Days will officially end on Monday, Sept. 6. Still, you don’t have to hide at home and wait it out! You can take precautions to protect your family for the rest of the summer and the remainder of the year.
- If you’re a parent …
Follow AAA’s advice when it comes to teaching your teen to drive. Tell them about safe driving, create a set of family driving rules, avoid distracting them while they drive, and set a good example when you’re behind the wheel.
- If you’re a driver …
Practice defensive driving on the road in Marietta. Keep an eye on your surroundings, act predictably, and give young drivers a wide berth. You should also check that your lights and turn signals function so you won’t cause confusion on the road.
If the worst happens and you or someone you love is in a car crash this month, give our team a call. We’ll help you seek justice and compensation.