Summer is almost here. For most, it brings up thoughts of camping, barbeques, trips to the beach and family vacations. After all, summer is supposed to be a fun, relaxing time — especially for students and young people who have more free time.
However, experts are quick to point out that the three main summer months are the 100 deadliest days for young people when looking at car accident statistics. Teen crash rates and fatality numbers skyrocket. What does this darker side of the carefree summer months mean for you?
Do you have a teen driver?
If you’re a parent with a teen driver, you may want to talk to them about the increased risk. Without school taking up their time, teens drive a lot more in the summer, and that’s why the statistics tend to increase. Talk to your teen about how they can stay safe — ignoring the phone while driving, not driving with passengers, obeying the speed limit, etc.
Do you share the road with teen drivers?
Even if you do not have a teenaged child and you are not a young driver yourself, you do have to share the road with these same drivers. For you, this means you also face elevated crash risks in the summer. Every two-car crash that a young driver causes has the potential to injure someone else severely.
If you do suffer major injuries in a crash, then you may need to seek financial compensation for medical bills and other such costs. Make sure you know exactly what options you have and what steps to take to pursue fair compensation for your losses. An attorney can help you learn more.