Understanding the high rate of teen driver deaths and causes of teen accidents.
Summer is a time of fun and excitement for teenagers in Colorado, but unfortunately, it is also a dangerous time for them to be behind the wheel. With the "100 Deadliest Days" upon us (Memorial Day to Labor Day), there is an elevated risk of car accidents involving teen drivers. And while the issue is nationwide, a recent study reveals the problem is particularly severe in Colorado.
Teen driver accidents in Colorado
According to a report by Bumper, Colorado ranks 12th among all 50 states for teen driver fatalities during summer. From June to September, the state's rate of teen driver fatalities was 4.99 per every 10,000 licensed drivers. Moreover, 42.1% of teen driver fatalities in Colorado happen in the same time frame.
What causes teen driver accidents?
Some of the most common factors that contribute to teen accidents include:
Cell phone use is prevalent among younger drivers, even when they're behind the wheel. Unfortunately, that desire to stay connected while driving puts everyone on the road in danger. Regardless of a driver's age, cell phone use and other forms of distracted driving (e.g., texting, talking to passengers, self-grooming) increase the risk of accidents.
It's easy for some teens to get caught up in the excitement of driving without an adult chaperone. This can entice them to drive faster than the designated speed limits and fail to adjust their speed for the conditions. Driving at high speeds leaves teens less time to react to unexpected hazards, makes accidents more severe, and increases the chances of fatal outcomes.
Driving under the influence
Even though the legal drinking age is 21, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is an issue for some teen drivers. Some teens may fall victim to peer pressure and decide to get behind the wheel while impaired. Alcohol, drugs, and even some prescription medications can impair alertness, vision, and coordination.
Not wearing seatbelts
Even though seatbelts have been proven to prevent injuries and save lives, some young drivers forget or choose not to buckle up regularly. This puts them in greater danger of suffering severe injuries or even losing their lives in a car accident.
A car accident lawyer can help after a crash
When you're facing the aftermath of a serious crash, it's crucial to have a car accident attorney who will fight for your rights and help you seek the justice and financial compensation you deserve. At The Longo Firm, LLC in Colorado Springs, we understand the profound impact that an accident can have on you and your family, and we are here to help.
Our experienced legal team, led by attorney Stephen Longo, is committed to vigorously fighting for your rights. We believe in being accessible on your terms because we know you have enough to worry about after an accident. You deserve a law firm that takes the time to understand your situation, treats you with dignity and respect, and keeps you informed about your case every step of the way.
Trust The Longo Firm to fight for you and protect your rights. To see how we can help you, contact us today for a free case evaluation.