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  • Summer is Deadly for Colorado Teen Drivers

    On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

    Not all Jefferson County teens are poor drivers, but they do belong to a high-risk category. Teenage drivers are vulnerable to harm because they are young, inexperienced and immature. You don’t have to be a teen to be a negligent driver, but the likelihood of carelessness goes up when crashes seem like problems other people have.

    Teens become especially vulnerable when summer hits. School obligations are on hiatus. Time seems unimportant. Social occasions and family vacations take priority. A relaxed attitude is normal. Unfortunately, some teens maintain that state of mind when they get behind the wheel.

    Federal officials and Colorado State Patrol have noticed a significant rise in fatal auto accidents involving teenagers. The national death rate among teen drivers during the first half of last year was 19 percent higher than the previous year. State troopers confirm they have seen enough recent teen fatalities to believe the rated has gone up.

    AAA reported that teen deaths in auto accidents occurred more frequently on some days of the year than other days. Seventy percent of the 10 most vulnerable days for teen driving fatalities happen in summer. Weekends and holidays – especially the Fourth of July — are a dangerous time for teen drivers and their passengers.

    Colorado troopers are concerned that distractions are behind many of the teen deaths they’ve investigated. Authorities are frustrated because distracted driving is not always obvious.

    Passengers can tell police whether an animated in-car conversation took place before a crash. Witnesses can also supply vital information. When drivers and passengers are killed and no one witnesses the fatality, the cause of a deadly accident can be buried with the victims.

    Even when evidence of negligence is present – like the time stamp on a phone call or text message – it is difficult for investigators and personal injury attorneys to prove that the event is tied to injuries or death.

    Source:  nbc11news.com, “Deadly days ahead for teen drivers” Alicia Gentile, Jun. 15, 2013