Greensboro car accident attorneys want to alert teen drivers in North Carolina that you are now in the midst of the 100 deadliest days of the year.
We have posted frequently the last few months on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog that spring is the most dangerous time of the year for young drivers who attend prom and graduation. Now that summer has officially begun, the risks of a teen car accident in Asheville, Statesville or Gastonia are just as great given the freedom that teens have combined with the frequency of time they spend on the roadways during the summer months.
WFMY News reports that the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest for young drivers. Lack of respect for other drivers, driver inexperience, failure to wear seat belts and alcohol consumption are often causes for deadly car accidents involving teen drivers. Children learn by example, so parents should always practice safe driving behavior as well.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has deemed May through September the 100 deadliest driving days for young drivers because of recent statistics for accidents involving drivers 15 to 19 years old. In 2009, about 3,000 teens were killed on U.S. roadways, while another 350,000 were taken to the emergency room for medical treatment after a car accident. Nine out of the 10 deadliest days for teen crashes occurred from May to August.
Parents need to get involved by setting rules, and more importantly, by enforcing them. Trusting your teens and allowing them freedom is important but should be done in small doses as they gain driving experience. Insist that they never drink and drive or get in a car with an intoxicated driver. Pointers on how to talk to your kids about the dangers of drinking and driving can be obtained at Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence. Parents should limit the number of hours their teen drives at night, especially when other teen passengers are riding with them. You can also establish rules regarding seat belt use and banning cell phone use while behind the wheel. Make it clear to your teen what the rules are and what the consequences will be if driving rules are broken.
Education.com offers these additional tips to parents on how to protect your teen during the 100 deadliest days of driving:
-Make sure your teen knows that driving is a privilege and not a right.
-Do extended research when purchasing a safe car for your teen to drive.
-Start small and build in driving experience for your teen. Experts recommend 100 hours of supervised driving for young drivers in different road and weather conditions.
-Be a good example to your teen. Never drive under the influence, use a cell phone while driving or display aggressive behavior behind the wheel.
Contact the injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you have been injured in a car accident in North or South Carolina. We represent victims and their families in Spartanburg, Anderson, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Asheville, so call for a free and confidential appointment at 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Teen Car Accidents Medically Expensive in North Carolina and Often Require an Experienced Law Firm, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, May 17, 2011
Drunk Driving Reportedly to Blame in Fatal Carolina Hit-and-Run Car Accident, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, March 6, 2011