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Increased risk of motor vehicle accidents in the summer

We give 17-year-olds the keys to the car and treat them like adults, but we often forget that they are still children-their decision making skills are still developing and their reaction time is still slow. This is perhaps why statistics show that new drivers between the ages of 16-17 are three times more likely than adults to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident.

The statistics are eye-opening for Indiana residents, shedding light on the occurrence of fatal crashes involving teens-the numbers are steadily rising across the country, with the number of teens involved in fatal accidents increasing ten percent from the previous year. Even one year plays a huge role in terms of developing skills necessary for improving as a driver-for every mile on the road, drivers between 16 and 17 were nine times more likely to be involved in a car accident than a driver at least 18 years old and six times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

We are currently in the 100 deadliest days of summer for teens, making the numbers even more staggering. According to AAA, the number of accidents involving teens goes up by 15 percent. This is because they are out of school and on the roads more than the rest of the year. In addition to this, they are often traveling along roads they are not familiar with and are, therefore, unable to take into account the turns and traffic flow. The numbers are ringing true for Indiana residents, where the period was marked with three serious accidents in quick succession.

The spike in accidents is attributed to speeding and distracted driving, factors that are common in most types of motor vehicle accidents. When an Indiana resident is injured in a car accident, they may be seeking answers and accountability and one way to get them is by filing a personal injury lawsuit. The compensation received may be beneficial for dealing with financial costs associated with the crash and the accountability can help families get closure after the crash.

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