Teen Driver Deaths Spike in JulyJul 11, 2013
New research reveals that teen drivers are more likely to die in a traffic accident during the month of July than at any other time of year.
Newsday reports on a new study from Driving-Tests.org that combed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which found more fatal accidents involving drivers between 15 and 20 years old in July than during any other month. In fact, July, August, and September saw the largest number of traffic fatalities in the U.S.
It’s during this time of year that younger drivers are more likely to be behind the wheel of an automobile. At the same time, more of these younger drivers are participating in dangerous behaviors that only work to increase the risk of death or serious injuries, according to Newsday.
The study found that distracted driving ? like texting while driving or talking on the phone while driving ? was one of the leading causes of these fatal accidents involving younger drivers. According to our recent reports, distracted driving is on the rise, especially among younger drivers. The increased frequency of young drivers who get behind the wheel and text or talk on the phone at the same time has also increased the risks of being seriously injured or of dying in a traffic accident.
Newsday reports that the Driving-Tests.org study found that 75 percent of all fatal traffic accidents involving younger drivers was due to distracted driving or the driver committing a “critical error” while behind the wheel.
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among 15 to 20 year olds, and traffic mishaps account for 35 percent of all deaths in that age range.