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Teen drivers and the '100 deadliest days' of summer

Summer's here once again, with fun times guaranteed for most of us. However, there are many teen drivers -- 260 on average each month of the season -- who will die on our roads and highways. We're starting the "100 deadliest days of summer," and while many teens will simply enjoy the time off of school and have fun with their friends and family, some -- far too many -- won't be around when school starts again.

The statistics about teen driving tell the story:

-- Car wrecks are the number one cause of teen deaths.

-- On average, 260 teens will perish in car wrecks involving teen drivers during each month this summer, which is an increase of 26 percent over the other months.

-- Sixty percent of all teen wrecks are due to distracted driving and the top distraction is other teens in the vehicle.

As adults, we have a responsibility to remind our teens that driving is a dangerous activity. Cellphones should be shut off or put in the trunk. Passengers in the vehicle should be limited. Drinking and driving should not happen -- period.

These are mantras that need to be repeated to teens so that they stick in their heads. A DUI can ruin the chance for a great job or a college education. While driving is part of coming of age, it also comes with a great deal of responsibility.

Have you been injured or have you lost a loved one because of an accident involving a teen driver? An experienced attorney can help you learn more about your legal options.

Source: We Save Lives, "100 Deadliest Days of Summer," Candace Lightner, accessed June 23, 2017

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