Legal & Safety Blog
by Matthew Devoti
100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers
I published this same blog last year, but I feel the information is so valuable it warrants a re-post. After reading, I urge all parents/caregivers to talk to your teen drivers about this article. It is essential that all young drivers understand the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.
Every parent experiences the same gut-wrenching feeling when their teen gets behind the wheel. As a personal injury lawyer, I have the unfortunate perspective of seeing the devastating aftermath of countless car crashes. My heightened sense of awareness gives me great pause now that my teens are learning how to drive.
With summer approaching, I wanted to make parents aware of the 100 deadliest days for teens on the road. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, it is estimated that nearly 1,000 people are killed in crashes involving teen drivers and, of those killed, 550 are teens.
Think about this…car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens age 15-20 in the U.S. Teens crash at three times the rate of more experienced drivers. Experts believe the following contribute to the deadliest days:
Studies have shown that parental engagement improves the odds for young drivers over the next 100 days. In an effort to help parents and teen drivers work together, the National Safety Council has launched a program called DriveitHOME. This campaign was created by parents for parents and features an interactive website with videos, information resources, and infographics to help parents understand the increased risk for teens driving during the summer months. The site also features a parent forum, a parent/teen driving agreement, and a digital driving coach that offers helpful tips for ongoing practice.
I encourage all parents to check out the resources available on the DriveitHOME website and lead by example.
Matt Devoti is a partner with Casey & Devoti, a St. Louis-based personal injury law firm. Matt and his law partner, Matt Casey, together have nearly 40 years of trial experience. They handle a wide variety of personal injury cases, including automobile, truck and train accidents, medical malpractice, birth injuries, product liability, slips/trips/falls, elder care and sexual abuse, Workers’ Compensation, and wrongful death. Matt Devoti and Matt Casey are also authorized speakers for EndDD.org’s ‘End Distracted Driving’ Student Awareness Initiative.