Historically, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day are dubbed the 100 Deadliest Days on the road because traffic fatalities happen with greater frequency during this time.
While it might not be the only factor, some attribute this spike in the number of roadside deaths to the increased presence of teenage drivers on the roads of Kentucky and the other states.
Indeed, teens, even those with just learner's permits or restricted licenses, are prone to engaging in some bad habits that make them risky motorists. For example, drivers between 15 and 18 tend to speed or drive while under the influence of alcohol.
However, the biggest issue seems to be distracted driving. According to one study, 52% of teen drivers admitted to reading texts while behind the wheel. Likewise, 40% said that they had even taken the time to compose a text message while driving. Obviously, combining inexperience with inattentiveness can prove to be deadly and destructive. Indeed, some data showed that 58% of all crashes involving teens was somehow related to distracted driving.
Between 2013 and 2017 teenage drivers caused an estimated 3,500 people on the roads. Many of these deaths happened during the summer months. This is therefore an excellent time for teenage drivers in the Jackson area, and their parents, to focus on traffic safety behind the wheel. Doing so will not only protect the teen but also those with whom he or she shares the road.
Should a teenage driver kill or injure another person on one of Kentucky's roads, the victim or the family may have legal options to pursue the driver for negligence. These legal options could include the filing of a personal injury or wrongful death case.