Teen drivers are naturally inexperienced and more prone to be negligent or reckless on the roads of Pennsylvania. This is the same nationwide; a AAA Traffic Culture Safety Index recently found that 72% of drivers aged 16 to 18 continually do something unsafe on the road. Forty-seven percent admitted to speeding in residential areas while 35% would text, 32% would run red lights and 25% would drive drowsy.
It’s not surprising that for every mile driven, drivers aged 16 to 17 run triple the risk for a fatal crash than do adults. Things get especially bad during what are called the 100 deadliest days of the year, which span from Memorial Day and Labor Day. They coincide with summer break, when teens are out on the road more often and frequently going to parties.
Parents are encouraged to prepare for this deadly period each year as it always sees an uptick in fatalities resulting from teen driving crashes. There have been more than 8,300 such fatalities between 2008 and 2018, according to AAA.
First, parents could warn their teens about the dangers of those above-mentioned forms of negligent driving. They should set a good example themselves so that their advice is taken seriously. AAA also recommends practice driving sessions where the parents coach their teens on safe driving.
When negligent driving is behind an accident, it can open the way for a personal injury case. Pennsylvania is a no-fault state, so only those whose losses cannot be covered by their own insurance company can pursue such a case. To learn if they can and how much they might be eligible for under the state’s 51% comparative negligence rule, victims may consult with a lawyer. They may hire that lawyer for assistance with each step of the filing process.