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Teen driving accidents increase in summer

Louisiana residents may want to be mindful of young drivers this summer. When school is out, teenagers spend more time driving than any other time of the year. The months between Memorial Day and Labor Day are sometimes referred to as the '100 Deadliest Days" due to the high number of fatal car accidents involving teen drivers.

According to a report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, teen drivers hurt more than just themselves when they cause accidents. During the period covered by the report, around two-thirds of the injured or deceased victims of teen car accidents were other people besides the teen driver. Almost 50 percent of the people that were injured and 30 percent of the people that were killed were not in the teen driver's vehicle when the accident occurred.

Statistics from 2013 show that 2,927 people were killed and 371,645 people were injured in car accidents involving teenage drivers. That year, teen-driving fatalities increased by 43 percent during the summer months compared to the rest of the year. AAA is promoting statistics like these right now in order to help teens, parents of teens and anyone who shares the roads with teens prepare for summer. Though teen driving accidents have decreased over the past few years, car accidents are still the leading cause of death for drivers between the age of 15 and 19.

People who have been injured in a car accident caused by a teen driver may be able to pursue financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver even if they were riding in the negligent driver's car. An attorney can help a victim assemble the appropriate evidence to use at trial if a settlement is not reached beforehand.

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