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The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer Are Here

The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer Are Here

Keeping Teen Drivers Safe Through Summer Break

School is almost out for summer, and teenagers across the country are planning out what their vacation days might include. While this fun in the sun is essential after spending months in a classroom, some safety measures should be taken whenever on the roads.

Unfortunately, for teen drivers, this time of year could have severe outcomes. Coined as the “100 deadliest days of summer,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is infamous for fatal crashes among this group.

What Are The 100 Deadliest Days?

The “100 deadliest days” are an annual phenomenon of teen drivers sustaining fatal injuries in traffic crashes around the country. According to data from AAA, an average of 7 fatalities occurred in collisions each day during this period from 2010 to 2019.

What Puts Teen Drivers At Risk?

As we look ahead, it's imperative for families to have open discussions about roadway safety. Even actions that may seem typical or mundane could have potentially fatal consequences when behind the wheel, and national statistics show distinct trends in what continues to be significant risk factors for teen drivers. Here are some of the most common.


Speed is often one of the most frequent crash causes among all demographics, especially when teen drivers are involved. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), over 25% of teen crash fatalities are speeding-related.

At higher speeds, it is more difficult for a driver to maintain control of their vehicle. It can also inhibit their ability to react quickly to changing conditions and avoid dangerous situations as they arise. The NSC also acknowledges that road safety features like guardrails and concrete barriers are less effective when drivers are traveling at higher speeds.

Distracted Driving

Becoming distracted behind the wheel is one of the most underreported accidents that occur every day. For teen drivers, this may be a factor in nearly 50% of crashes during the year. With summer vacation likely bringing more passengers, louder music, and unfamiliar roads, the likelihood of becoming distracted grows exponentially.

Although most studies center around texting while driving, there are several factors that could divert a driver's attention, including:

  • Eating and drinking
  • Adjusting the temperature or radio
  • Receiving notifications on a cellphone
  • Talking with passengers

For the best chance at reducing this kind of preventable crash, teen drivers are encouraged to keep their eyes and attention on the road and hands on the wheel at all times.

Driving Under the Influence

Unfortunately, drunk driving is a far too common aspect of teen driver-involved crashes. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights that one in ten high schoolers admits to drinking and driving, and teen drivers are nearly 17 times more likely to die in a crash when driving with a BAC of 0.8% than when not under the influence.

Although rates of this have decreased in the last three decades, it remains a pervasive issue and affects thousands each year. All drivers, especially teens, are reminded that driving while under the influence is not just illegal—it's potentially deadly.

Not Wearing a Seatbelt

Florida law requires that all passengers and drivers wear an appropriate safety restraint when in a motor vehicle. However, nationwide statistics show that one in four teens don't wear a seat belt during every car ride. Furthermore, half of all teen drivers involved in fatal crashes weren't buckled up at the time of the collision.

Daytona Beach Car Accident Attorneys

Families should not have to worry about their child's safety every time they get behind the wheel. Our team at Politis & Matovina, P.A. can help ensure your rights are protected if your child is involved in a collision caused by a negligent driver. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your options today by calling (386) 333-6613.