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What makes the summer months so dangerous for driving?

We are officially in what AAA has dubbed the "100 deadliest days." These days start after Memorial Day and run until most teens are back to school. The thought is more teen drivers are on the roadways during the summer months, therefore creating a public safety risk with their dangerous driving behaviors.

The "100 deadliest days" of summer is backed by research. According to the AAA study, on average each year for the past five years, 1,022 people -- or more than 10 people each day -- died in accidents involving teen drivers.

Distracted teen drivers ups the risk

So just what is causing this uptick in crashes? Distracted driving. In fact, more than half of these deadly crashes involved a distracted driver.

Keep in mind that while distracted driving and cellphone use -- talking, texting and online searching -- do go hand-in-hand, distracted driving also includes:

  • Talking to friends in the car
  • Applying makeup
  • Eating food
  • Adjusting the radio or music
  • Looking at or attending to anything else in the car

Cellphone use continues to be one of the main areas of concern, though. This is no doubt because teens are such heavy users of their phones and social media. To give just a glimpse, according to the Pew Research Center, teens send an average of 80 text messages per day. Add to this the fact that almost every teen has a cellphone. And, with those who have phones, 24 percent of 15 to 17 year olds report they are online seemingly around the clock.

A crash can change lives forever

For drivers in Kansas City -- but really all over the country -- this means the risk of getting into an accident with a teen driver is very real. All it takes is for a driver to take their hands, eyes or mind off the road for a second to cause an accident. When this happens, those who are hurt need to know what their options are. This is where a personal injury attorney can step in, to help investigate the true cause of the crash and establish fault.

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, Avvo.com and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.

Matt Mulhern

Attorney Matt Mulhern

Mr. Mulhern has over 25 years of legal experience and a 100 percent success rate arguing before the Missouri Court of Appeals. He has a unique knowledge of the inner workings of insurance companies and how they will dispute your injury claim. He practices in both Missouri and Kansas.