The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, a time of high school proms, graduation celebrations and summer vacation, have been referred to as the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. WNEP News reported that two teens were killed near Lock Haven, PA this weekend in an early morning crash after attending the Central Mountain High School Dance. The teens, ages 17 and 18, were pronounced dead at the scene after being thrown from the vehicle, authorities said neither was wearing a seatbelt.
The weekend brought many other tragic crashes for teen drivers and heartbreak to many families. In Mississippi, two teens were killed after a one-vehicle crash, and in Ohio, two high school seniors were killed in a car crash after their vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. In Illinois, prom night turned deadly with two people, including an 18-year-old, killed in an auto crash on his way home from an after-prom party.
The danger of car crashes continues throughout the summer months. With teens off from school over the summer, they will be driving more with their friends and may be at risk for distraction. Holidays, including Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, also see an increase in crashes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), although teens drive less than all but the oldest people in the United States, their numbers of crashes and crash fatalities are disproportionately high. The fatal crash rate per mile drove for 16-19-year-olds in the U.S. is nearly 3 times the rate for drivers age 20 and over. According to Teen Driver Source, nationally, 963,000 teen drivers were involved in police-reported motor vehicle crashes in 2013, which resulted in 383,000 injuries and 2,865 deaths. Critical errors that result in the majority of teen crashes include lack of paying attention to the road and vehicles around them to detect and respond quickly to hazards, driving too fast for road conditions, and distracted driving.
In an effort to promote safe driving among teens, especially during prom and graduation time, the Fellerman & Ciarimboli personal injury firm provides a special incentive for teens who take a safe prom pledge. Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Edward Ciarmiboli travel to area high schools throughout the prom season and encourage students to take the pledge to drive safely. Among those who take the pledge, a winner is selected to receive a limo ride to the prom.
The Wilkes-Barre and Philadelphia lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli encourage teens to drive carefully during this dangerous time and to develop safe driving habits that will enable them to drive safely throughout their entire lives. Teens are encouraged to avoid driving during prom and graduation celebrations if they can, by having a parent or another adult drive them to and from an event or party.
Five safe driving tips for teens from the Pennsylvania car crash lawyers:
- Never drink and drive
- Never get into a car with someone who has been drinking
- Always use a seatbelt
- Stay free of distractions, including cell phone use and texting
- Follow the rules of the road, including the posted speed limit
AAA Travel projects that 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a nearly 5% increase over last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday in the past ten years. More than 88% of those travelers will travel by automobile. More people on the road means an increase in car crashes for both teens and adults. Drive safely this Memorial Day weekend and all summer long.
If you or your teen has been injured in a car crash, call the injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, call our car crash attorneys in Philadelphia at 215-575-9237 or talk to a lawyer in Wilkes-Barre at 570-714-HURT.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, the personal injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli strive to provide the best service to clients in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, and throughout the Keystone State.