BUFFALO, N.Y. – Everyone looks forward to summer. Sunshine, barbecues, days at the beach, and summertime road trips. That’s the good stuff. Sadly though, it’s also the most dangerous time of year.
Since 2010, more than 5,000 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during what’s called the ‘100 Deadliest Days.’ According to AAA, deadly crashes historically climb during this dangerous time between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
A Buffalo car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the crash rates for teens skyrocket in the summertime weather and it puts everyone at risk.
“Teenagers are more likely to be involved in a car crash than any other age group and this is particularly apparent during summers in Buffalo,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Summer is a great time to learn how to drive but it’s important to teach young drivers responsibility and safety before they’re driving on their own.”
In 2013, more than 370,000 people were injured and nearly 3,000 people were killed in crashes that had a teenager at the helm. Many of those accidents occurred during the months of June, July and August.
“The weather is nice, teens are off of school and they have the keys to the car,” Barnes said. “It’s a dangerous combination.”
Progress has been made in recent decades. Injuries to teen drivers have decreased by more than 50-percent and crashes involving teens at the wheel have dropped by roughly 20-percent. However, crashes are still the leading cause of death among teenagers.
In an effort to improve road safety for everyone throughout the summer, Buffalo car accident attorneys are urging everyone – drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians – to be mindful that they’re sharing the roads with young drivers.
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