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Summer is a dangerous time for teen drivers

Teenage drivers in Pennsylvania all over the country are being cautioned by the American Automobile Association about the dangers of the period between Memorial Day and the end of summer vaction. Known as the "100 Deadliest Days," this period when more teen drivers are on the road than usual is also the time when the most motor vehicle accidents happen, and based on statistics from the past few years, about 1,000 people are expected to die this year over the summer in accidents involving teen drivers.

Texting and driving or other distractions are frequently the cause of motor vehicle accidents. One study found that in 2,229 teen-involved accidents between 2007 and 2015, 12 percent of them involved the use of a cellphone in some manner. Another 15 percent involved the driver speaking with a passenger, and in 11 percent, the driver's attention was on something else happening in the vehicle.

Studies have shown that risks rise significantly when people use their phones for texting or other purposes that involve looking at the phone versus talking on the phone. A person who is texting is 23 times more likely to be in an accident than a driver who is not distracted.

An accident in which a driver is distracted by texting and driving or for other reasons may result in catastrophic injuries to passengers or occupants of other vehicles. Injured victims may require months of hospitalization, and some may never be able to return to a normal life. Legal counsel for such a victim may choose to seek compensation for those and other losses through a personal injury lawsuit filed against the negligent motorist.

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