According to AAA, the period between Memorial Day and the start of the new school year is the deadliest time on U.S. roadways. The increased risk may be attributable to a greater number of teenage drivers on the road in Michigan and across the country. Using data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, AAA found that the 100-day period after Memorial Day averaged 1,022 traffic fatalities per year from 2011 to 2015, in crashes involving at least one teenage driver, 16 percent more than other parts of the year.
In an unrelated survey, the NHTSA reported that the percentage of drivers between 16 and 24 years of age who had been seen using a cellphone or other device more than quadrupled from 2007 to 2014. In 2007, the number was 1 percent, compared with 4.8 percent in 2014. Driving while texting, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, is 23 times riskier than driving undistracted.
During the summer, there are more crashes involving drivers between 16 and 19 years of age. According to a study conducted by the University of Iowa and Lytx DriveCam, distracted driving contributed to 58.5% of the teen crashes that were reviewed. The researchers examined 2,229 dash-camera crash videos taken between August 2007 and April 2015, focusing on the six seconds immediately preceding the crash. In 15 percent of the crashes, the driver was speaking to others in the vehicle; in 11percent the driver was focused on something inside the car. In 12 percent of the dash-cam crash videos, the driver was distracted by a cellphone in the six seconds prior to the crash.
Distracted driving increases risk of car accidents and injuries, more and more studies are showing. Regardless of the age of the driver, a person who has been injured in a crash where the motorist was distracted by a cellphone or other device may want to meet with an attorney to see if the filing of a personal injury lawsuit would be an advisable way of seeking compensation for the losses that were sustained.