This content has been reviewed by Jason D. Stone.
As the weather warms up, so do the number of drivers on the road heading out to enjoy a fun time at the beach, the lake, or with friends and family. However, a fun family outing can turn tragic quickly after an auto accident that results in serious injuries.
The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day has the unfortunate title of being the 100 Deadliest Days for drivers, particularly teen drivers. All states, including Massachusetts, experience a higher number of deadly accidents on roadways during this period. Being aware of the increased danger and staying alert while driving defensively can help keep you and others safe and lower the number of these forecasted accidents during the 100 days ahead.
Follow these tips to help make the roads safer during the 100 deadliest days in Massachusetts.
Avoid Distraction While Driving
Summer brings with it multiple distractions, even while driving. You’ll want to keep up with friends, confirm plans, and laugh with others as you enjoy the warm days ahead. Answering a call or text while driving is tempting, but it can distract you from the road and your surroundings.
Even if you use hands-free devices, they can still distract you to the point of causing an accident. Instead, wait until you can safely pull over or are at your destination.
You’re also likely to have passengers in your car, whether family members or friends. Conversations can take attention away from your driving. Practice safety by making driving and protecting your vehicle’s occupants more important than joining in conversation.
Speed kills is a mantra that is particularly evident during the 100 days. Speeding is one of the top three causes of the increased teen deaths during June, July, and August. Let the warm weather allow you to slow down and take your time, enjoying the drive as much as the final destination.
Talk With Your Teen
Sit your teen down and talk about summertime driving. You, as the parent, need to make your teen aware of the risks involved and how they increase during this timeframe. You also need to establish clear expectations and monitor these closely. Reward your teen with a later curfew or other privileges when they comply with these, teaching them that safety and responsibility come first.
Make sure your teen has the driving skills and experience to travel on the roadways safely. While driving to and from school during the rest of the year is a fantastic experience, they need to be prepared for how summer traffic differs. Ride with them to areas they will most likely be going to with friends, so they are familiar with road signs, signals, and any special road features such as one-way streets or traffic circles.
Discuss the dangers of drinking and then getting behind the wheel of a car. Also, ensure they understand that seat belts are mandatory for everyone, even those riding in the back seat.
Avoid Driving Under the Influence
Avoiding driving under the influence helps keep the roads safer. Summer pool and beach parties or long nights at your favorite outdoor bar can lead to downing a few drinks with friends. Before you start drinking, choose a responsible, designated driver for each trip or night out.
Be on the Lookout for Other Drivers
Even if you drive safely every time you go out, others may not extend the same courtesy to you. Be on the lookout for other drivers who are driving irresponsibly, who may be distracted by several passengers, speeding or swerving, and steer clear of them. If you believe someone may be driving under the influence, call the police to report it.
If you suffer an accident during the 100 days because of another driver’s negligence, call experienced Boston car accident attorneys to learn how you can get the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, damaged property, and lost wages.
Contact the Experienced Car Accident Attorneys in Boston
Summer is meant to be enjoyed by all, including teens. However, with so many cars on the roads during this time of year, accidents happen. If one happens to you or a family member, call the auto accident lawyers at Stone Injury Lawyers and schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers take the time to thoroughly review your case and provide the representation you need and deserve to win your lawsuit.