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Teen crashes are more common in the summer

As the summer draws closer, teens look forward to vacation. They get around 100 days off of school. They can hang out with their friends, spend time with their families, sleep in every morning, and enjoy a break from the repetition of the school schedule.

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Unfortunately, this means that too many of them will be involved in car accidents. The spike is so dramatic that some experts call the stretch of time from Memorial Day to the first day of the new school year the "100 deadliest days" of the year.

How bad is it? One study found that accidents with teens take more than 1,000 lives over those 100 days, for an average of over 10 deaths per day. The overall fatality rate also goes up by 16 percent at this time.

The reasons are many. For one thing, teens are just on the road more; they're driving to friends' houses or the beach, for instance, rather than sitting in a classroom. More miles traveled simply means more accidents.

Teens could also be subject to driver distractions, like texting while driving or just talking on cell phones. One study found that 58.5 percent of accidents involved distraction. Some experts warn that teens are even using smartphones to browse social media sites while driving.

This summer, if you're taking a family vacation or just driving to work and then back home every day, you need to know that the odds of an accident are higher than they are in the winter. If you're injured or if a loved one is killed, you may be able to seek out financial compensation.

Source: USA Today, "AAA: 100 'deadliest days' of summer: Teens on the road after Memorial Day," Bart Jansen, accessed April 11, 2017

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