Teen drivers already face greater risks of serious injuries and death when they first get behind the wheel of an automobile, and new research finds that the risks are greatest in July.
Newsday reports on a new study from Driving-Tests.org that found the summer months, July in particular, pose the greatest risk of death to new and teen drivers than any other time of the year. The study used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) collected between 2005 and 2011.
July, August, and September have the highest rate of traffic fatalities annually, and the Driving-Tests.org research revealed that July has seen the most reported fatalities during that time. More than 27 percent of all traffic fatalities occur during those three summertime months.
Traffic Accidents Are Leading Cause of Teen Fatalities
NHTSA data reveals that traffic mishaps are the leading cause of death among teenagers, according to the Newsday report. The rate of traffic-related deaths among teenagers and new drivers increases during the summertime because that’s when these newly minted drivers are hitting the road more often than they would during school terms.
Distracted driving was fingered as one of the leading causes of these traffic deaths among younger drivers, the study also found. While intoxicated driving finished surprisingly low as far as reasons for the fatal accidents goes, dangerous behaviors like talking on a cell phone, or texting while driving were more likely to cause death among younger drivers. Distracted driving and other bad habits to exhibit behind the wheel accounted for about half of all deaths among younger drivers, the NHTSA study found, according to Newsday.