It is no surprise that some of the most dangerous days of the year in terms of teen driving fatalities kicked off Memorial Day weekend – the period during which fatalities for individuals involved in an accident with teenage drivers jumps dramatically. A new research study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that the three most common distractions affecting teen drivers include:

  • Looking at something inside the vehicle
  • Talking, operating a cellphone or texting
  • Attending to or talking to other passengers in the vehicle

In the last five years, more than 5,000 individuals have paid the ultimate price with their life in crashes with teen drivers during the 100-day period starting on Memorial Day. Unfortunately, teens are involved in car accidents and especially fatal car accidents at rates much higher than other age categories.

Educating your children about the relevant rules and regulations associated with being behind the wheel is important, but parents may wish to go the extra step by using a driving contract or an application that helps to minimize or prohibit teen usage of technology while driving behind the wheel. Establishing clear rules and expectations with your teen driver can help to prevent severe car accidents warranting the insight of a New York personal injury attorney. An injury attorney should be consulted if you have already been injured in an accident with a teen driver.

Summer can be a time for fun and relaxation for you and your teens, but it is also the time to be very careful with teen drivers. Discuss the issues with your teen driver to ensure you are all on the same page when it comes to rules behind the wheel. Stressing safety with your teens can help to prevent devastating accidents, costly medical bills, and personal injury claims. If you or a loved one were involved in a motor vehicle accident and were injured, then be sure to get the medical attention you need. Also, consult with an accident attorney. Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx accident lawyer who handles motor vehicle injury cases. If you were injured, then you may be entitled to monetary compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical bills. Call 718-514-6619 to set up an appointment with Mr. Lutzky. He offers free in person consultations. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com/Accidents to learn more about the law.