Deadly accidents caused by teenage drivers start rising during the onset of summer. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of teens who engage in drunk driving decreased by more than half in the last two decades. However, drivers aged between 16 and 20 are 17 times more likely to be killed in a fatal drunk driving accident compared to the sober drivers. A large number of the teens are killed in alcohol-related accidents that occur during Friday and Saturday evenings, according to a recent study. Teens are also vulnerable to fatal accidents caused by adult drunk drivers.
Distracted driving plays a large role in crashes involving teen drivers. Statistics show that nearly three in five teen crashes are caused by distraction. Teens are also highly distracted by their passengers in addition to their cellphones.
Car accidents during the summer are nearly twice as much as the rest of the year combined, according to the NHTSA. Teenagers have been found to be responsible for nearly 50 percent of summer drunk-driving accidents than the rest of the year. Almost 101 days between Memorial Day and Labour Day are considered deadly for drivers under 20 years of age in Northern California. Accidents tend to rise from May each year and reach the peak in July and August.