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Teen driving accidents increase during summer months

Distracted and inexperienced teenage drivers cause many of the car accidents that take place in California. During the summer months when school is out, teenage drivers are on the roads a lot more often. So many teen driving accidents take place between Memorial Day and the beginning of the school year that AAA has nicknamed the time period the '100 deadliest days."

With the increase in car accidents involving drivers between the ages of 16 and 19, the average number of car accident fatalities goes up by 16 percent during the 100 deadliest days as compared to other periods of the year. According to research by AAA, around 10 people die every day in a car crash involving a teen driver during the infamously dangerous time period. For the last five years, there has been an average of 1,022 people killed in car accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day in teen-related crashes.

Distracted driving contributes to many car accidents, and it is a particularly dangerous problem for teenage drivers. The director of state relations for AAA said that teens are texting and engaging in social media while they are behind the wheel more often than they used to in the past. According to a Pew Research Center poll from 2009, 92 percent of 15-17 year olds had cellphones while 24 percent of them admitted that they were online 'almost constantly." Studies have shown that texting while driving makes a driver 23 times more likely to crash.

A person who has been injured in a car accident involving a teen driver may decide to sue the at-fault driver for damages. An attorney may be able to help a car accident victim to gather evidence to prove that the at-fault driver was negligent. Evidence may include cellphone records, surveillance footage and eyewitness testimony.

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