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Teen driving accidents increase each summer

The summer months are some of the busiest for Pennsylvania first responders who must always be ready to help those who are in danger. Pool accidents, intestinal illnesses and motor vehicle accidents increase each summer. The increased danger is especially prevalent for teenagers. According to a study done by Ford Motor Co., the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day can be extremely deadly for young drivers.

Studies by AAA have resulted in similar findings. According to AAA, teen driving accidents rise by 15% during the summer months. Many teenagers spend more time on the roads during the summer months as they spend time with friends and take road trips. Inexperience coupled with the increased driving time is believed to be the cause of the rise in accidents each summer.

To reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities in teen drivers, officials are encouraging young drivers to take precautions. Always wearing safety belts, never texting while driving, taking care in construction zones, not driving while drowsy and limiting the number of passengers in the vehicle can help. Additionally, officials are encouraging teens to never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and to use alternative transportation for those who are impaired.

In 2017, one out of every 44 people was involved in an auto accident in Pennsylvania. Of these accidents, over 1,100 people lost their lives. It's important for both teenage and adult drivers to act responsibly while operating a vehicle. If due care isn't taken and an accident occurred that resulted in an injury or fatality, the driver at fault may be responsible for medical and compensatory damages. For example, a lawyer may be able to help the victim receive help by showing that a teenage driver acted negligently by using alcohol or drugs before operating the motor vehicle.

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