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The dangers of summer driving

Summer is a fun time of year to make memories with family and friends, but according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, statistically speaking, it can be a very dangerous time.

The risks of being involved in a traffic collision jump up much higher over the summer months. Some of the reason for that is that three of the major holidays take place over the summer. Below are the accident fatalities from a recent year for the following holidays:

-- Memorial Day weekend (473 deaths)

-- 4th of July weekend (410 deaths)

-- Labor Day weekend (360 deaths)

As you might imagine, people traveling on those holidays will be at more of a risk than those that stay home.

The driving risk during summer is highest of all for those age 15 to 20, however. The reasons for that are pretty simple; as newly licensed drivers, they have much less driving experience and are easily distracted. Also, teens and young adults tend to be on the road more because school is out of session and they have more free time.

According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, younger drivers have three times the risk of being involved in a fatal collision when compared to older drivers.

How can you keep teens safer when driving? Forbidding them to drive with friends in the car is a good idea, as friends increase the likelihood of distractions for teens. Other measures might include using a tracking device to monitor driving patterns and speeds.

If you or a family member get injured in a collision this summer, you have the right to pursue compensation from an at-fault driver for any injuries you suffer.

Source: Car Insurance Guidebook, "Welcome to the Summer Accident Season," Michele Wilmonen, accessed June 10, 2016

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