A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that teenage drivers are at the greatest risk of being involved in a fatal auto accident on Independence Day. More than 800 people have been killed in a car accident on July 4th since 2006, making it one of the deadliest days of the year for all drivers.
According to the IIHS study, teenage drivers are significantly more likely to be involved in a car wreck than older drivers. Teen drivers are involved in four times as many crashes as those in other age groups, and car accidents are the leading cause of death for younger drivers.
Despite the high number of fatalities among teenage drivers, experts say that a number of steps can be taken to help reduce the risk of car accidents among this group. Steps such as reducing speed, avoiding distractions, or wearing a seatbelt can help to reduce the risk of a car crash or prevent serious injury in the event that one should occur.
Studies have also found that teenagers whose parents talk with them regularly about safe driving are less likely to be involved in an auto accident. Taking extra time to train young drivers before putting them on the road can also help to reduce the risk of car accidents.
If you have been involved in a serious car accident, contact the law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson to receive a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-877-446-9001, or by completing our free case evaluation form.