Summer is the time of year when young people are out of school, and even if they are working at a summer job they still manage to find time to have a lot of fun with their friends. Those of us who are older than this most likely remember those days when we would finish work for the day or the night and go meet our friends for a night on the town, whatever that actually entailed. What it often entailed was driving around looking for something to do, and most of us look back on those times as harmless experiences that are simply part of growing up in the United States.
Unfortunately, a spate of car accidents around the country in recent weeks that has taken the lives of teens has reminded us that not all of these experiences are harmless. Too many families have lost young members to crashes, and too many people have found themselves suddenly grieving lives that were lost well before it was time. These news stories also reminded us of a study that was published by the American Automobile Association, or AAA, not that long ago that provided some troubling data regarding teen drivers and young passengers. The full text of that study can be found at the link here.
The study looked at traffic crash statistics across the United States and paid particular attention to teens and their passengers. What the study found was that the fatality risk of drivers who are either 16 or 17 years old increases by a factor of 44 percent when carrying one passenger under the age of 21 and no one else. Furthermore, the fatality risk for drivers of these ages doubles when there are two passengers under the age of 21 and it quadruples when there are three or more young passengers riding along in the vehicle.
These are obviously very troubling results, and they are beginning to prompt action around the country as these stories of teen traffic accident deaths continue to fill the news sections. However, the state legislatures can only do so much. Parents of teen drivers also need to take steps to help their children avoid unnecessary risks that could lead to a phone call that no parent should ever have to receive in the middle of the night. These steps should include close monitoring of the teen’s driving habits and strict enforcement of rules that are designed to promote focus on the road when driving.
We have been serving our clients as Las Vegas accident lawyers for many years, and we have seen too many times just how devastating the effects of fatal car accidents can be on families who suddenly lose a loved one. If you have lost someone you love because of someone else’s negligence, you need to stand up for your legal rights. Contact the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.