Every summer, more teens are found on the roads of Virginia and every other state. Teens, being inexperienced, are more likely to crash, and so the summer has always been considered a dangerous time for them. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has pointed to the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers. During that time, teens’ risk for a fatal crash goes up some 15%.
For these reasons, parents are encouraged to educate their teens about safe driving. With so many opportunities for partying, especially around the Fourth of July, parents and teens should be clear about the danger of drunk and drugged driving. Teens should not drive while drowsy either, and they should minimize the time they spend driving when night falls and visibility is compromised.
Distracted driving must also be avoided. Above all, calling, texting and other phone use should be out of the question. Even conversations in the car can prove distracting, which is why teens may want to limit the number of passengers they take on.
Safety begins before teens enter their vehicle. They must maintain their vehicle, ensuring in particular that the tires are inflated and the other components in good condition.
Any driver, regardless of age, will be to blame for a car crash if negligence led to it. The victims of such a crash may be able to build up a personal injury case, but they may want to consult with an attorney first. This is especially important in Virginia, where one can recover damages only from those deemed to be 100% at fault. The lawyer may speak on victims’ behalf for a settlement out of court, litigating if these negotiations fall through.