Each year, teenage driver-involved car crashes increase across Maryland and the rest of the United States during a period known as summer’s 100 Deadliest Days. The name refers to the stretch of time that occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day when most high school and college students are out of school and spending more time on the roads.
Per the Southern Maryland Chronicle, more than 7,000 people lost their lives in car crashes involving teenage motorists during the 100 Deadliest Days spans between 2010 and 2019.
Statistics on the 100 Deadliest Days
Between 2015 and 2019, 130 teenage drivers and teen passengers in Maryland lost their lives in car wrecks that took place during summer’s 100 Deadliest Days. About 50%, or 65 of those fatalities, resulted from crashes where one or more drivers were speeding. On the national level, an average of seven people die in car wrecks per day during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is an increase over the rest of the year when an average of six people die on the nation’s roadways each day.
Factors contributing to summertime crashes
Many summertime car crashes caused by teenage drivers share similar characteristics and contributing factors. Driving over the posted speed limit is a common contributor. So, too, are running red lights, driving aggressively and driving while distracted, which includes texting and driving. Many summertime crashes and fatalities involving teens also result from teenagers driving while fatigued or driving without wearing seat belts.
Teens who exercise negligence behind the wheel and cause others serious injuries or fatalities may face legal sanctions in the aftermath.