Summer Driving Means More Impaired Drivers on the Road

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Summertime is the season of barbecues, vacations, and fun in the sun. For drivers, this season of fun also means more danger on the roads.

Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the number of crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver increases dramatically during any holiday, and also during the summer. In fact, NHTSA reports show that the summer months see approximately twice as many deaths in auto accidents as the rest of the year combined. It should come as no surprise, then, that the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been referred to as “The 100 Deadliest Days” for teenage drivers. Statistically speaking, there are nine of the 10 deadliest days for young drivers on the highways that occur between May and August. That includes the deadliest day of the year, statistically: the Fourth of July, which averages 144 driving-related deaths per year.

Federal statistics reflect the higher risk factor for teenagers who drive under the influence of alcohol. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that, in 2010, 15.1 percent of 18- to 20-year-olds reported driving under the influence, as did 5.8 percent of 16- and 17-year-olds. That same year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 3,115 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 died in auto accidents.

Teenagers are more likely to be involved in a car accident because of their lack of driving experience, combined with a greater likelihood to engage in distracted driving such as texting or using the phone while driving.

When riding the roads this summer, be sure to be more vigilant and cautious. If you have a teen driver in the household, make sure to encourage good habits behind the wheel. However, if you or a member of your family has a car accident, you need to be sure you have legal representation that will advocate on your behalf. Michael R. Munsey has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the specific area of car accident law.

Ready to have us fight for you? Call us at (276) 451-2056 to schedule a consultation at our office in Johnson City, TN.

Representing the injured and disabled for more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey are proud to serve clients in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, TN, as well as Abingdon, VA.

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