Memorial Day isn’t just the beginning of summer; it is also the beginning of the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers. Teen accident rates are highest during the summer months. Each year, more than 400 teens die in car crashes during each of the summer months, leaving their families and friends devastated.

If you are teen, you aren’t thinking about your car accident risk, but about your summer plans. Perhaps you have a summer job to help you save for college. Maybe you plan to spend time at the lake with your friends. Or, you plan to just relax and hang out. A serious injury in a Cedar Rapids car crash will ruin those plans.

The Cedar Rapids accident lawyers at Hupy and Abraham want you to have a great summer. Nothing makes us sadder than to hear of a teen whose promising future is ended by an accident. We want to see all your dreams come true. Here are our safety tips for teens:

  1. Don’t take risks. You know that drinking and driving can be dangerous. You know that texting raises your accident risk. But you think it won’t happen to you. It can. When you take risks, you put your life in danger and you endanger anyone else on the road.
  2. Don’t speed: One out of every three fatal teen accident involves speeding. When you drive at high speeds, your risk of serious injury increases. Stick to the speed limit.
  3. Stay sober. One sixth of teens killed in car accidents are intoxicated. Never drive after drinking.
  4. Put down the cell phone. Phone calls and text messaging take your attention away from the road. In fact, numerous studies have found that texting behind the wheel is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
  5. Avoid late night driving. Teens are twice as likely to die in nighttime accidents.
  6. Wear your seat belt. If you are in an Iowa car accident, wearing you seat belt reduces your risk of serious injury or death by 45 percent. Always wear your seat belt and insist that any passengers buckle up.
  7. Consider your passengers. Friends are distractions. Each passenger in your car increases your accident risk.
  8. Remember, when you ride in a car, you are trusting the driver with your life. Don’t get in the car unless you know the driver is safe.

Being will prevent many accidents, but not all accidents are the teen driver’s fault. If you are injured in a Iowa car crash, the adult driver may take advantage of teen driving stereotypes to pin the blame on you. Don’t let this happen. Learn how to protect your rights in our free book, The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims. If you need help, contact our Cedar Rapids car crash lawyers at 800-800-5678.

Worried you can’t afford a lawyer? The initial consultation is free. We take all cases on a contingency basis. If we don’t win, we don’t charge.

Jason F. Abraham
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