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Summer driving can be dangerous for teens

Parents in Kentucky may be especially concerned about their teen drivers in the summer months. As school comes to an end and many teens pursue active schedules of jobs, parties, internships and summer fun, they spend much more time behind the wheel. However, teens are also inexperienced drivers with a significantly greater risk of motor vehicle accidents when behind the wheel. Summer roads are often crowded with vacationers, and the increased traffic on the road can be even more difficult for teen drivers to navigate.

Statistics show that parents' concerns about the safety of summer driving are well-placed, especially when teens are involved. The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day mark a high point for various types of motor vehicle accidents. Health professionals and emergency workers say that the summer months are some of their busiest. Not all of the increase in emergencies is due to auto accidents; many summer activities and outdoor events carry dangers of their own. However, drivers may want to pay special attention to safety when the roads fill with teens and vacationers. Ford Motor Co. says that the summer months are particularly dangerous to teen drivers due to the high number of accidents during this period.

The American Automobile Association agrees, calling summertime the 100 deadliest days for teens behind the wheel. It urges parents to stress safety and educate their teen drivers about the importance of avoiding distractions, whether from their friends in the car or texting on their mobile devices. They also warn that teens should avoid unnecessary night driving.

Teens may suffer significantly as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Accident victims might work with a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation for their damages after a crash, including medical bills and lost wages.

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