For the past 16 years, you have done everything in your power to keep your child safe. However, as each year passes, you lose a little more control, and you have to trust your child to make safe and responsible decisions. This fact may never be more apparent than during the first summer that your teenager is driving.
Summer Is the Deadliest Time for Teen Drivers in Kansas
A new study released last month by Ford found that 66% of teen drivers and about 58% of teen parents believe that winter is the deadliest season for teen drivers. However, these teens and their parents are mistaken; more fatal teen accidents in Kansas happen during the summer.
In 2012, there were four fatal car crash accidents in Kansas during January, February and December. That number of deadly car accidents spiked to 14 fatalities during the months of June, July and August. There may be several reasons that summer is a potentially dangerous time for teen drivers. Those reasons include:
- Volume. There may be more teens driving during the summer months than during the winter when their parents keep them off of the road because of inclement weather conditions.
- Dangerous summer days. Some of the deadliest days on the road for teens are during the summer months. Those days include the last Saturday in June, two days around July 4, and the last Sunday in August before school resumes.
- Distracted driving. Teens may be distracted by their phones, tablets, passengers, music or other things.
The summer may be more than half-way over, but there is still time to talk to your teen. There is still time to review the risks and reinforce the rules. There is still time to save your child’s life.
What to Do If Your Teen Is Hurt or Killed by Another Driver in Overland Park
If your child has been hurt, or killed, by another driver in Overland Park then we encourage you to contact an experienced Kansas City car accident lawyer today for more information about your legal rights and possible recovery. We welcome your call at 888-348-2616. We also invite you to learn more about what to do after a Kansas car accident by downloading a FREE copy of our book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim!