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When are teens most likely to pass away in an auto crash?

For teen drivers, the roads can be dangerous at any time of day (or night, for that matter). With that said, it is helpful for young people who drive and their parents to be aware of times when an accident may be more likely. For example, driving in treacherous weather such as heavy rainfall or snow can increase the chances of a crash. Moreover, going over statistics on teenagers and the time they were involved in a crash may also provide a better understanding of the dangers young people face on the road.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 52 percent of motor vehicle collisions which claimed the life of a teenager occurred on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during 2015. Furthermore, 48 percent of the teens who lost their lives in a traffic crash during 2015 were involved in an accident that took place from 3 PM and 12 AM. Clearly, driving and riding along as a passenger during the weekend, late afternoon, evening and at night can be especially dangerous for teenagers.

Aside from the time of day, there are many other factors to go over with respect to motor vehicle collisions involving teen drivers. Peer pressure is particularly concerning and can lead to intoxicated driving, while some young people may suffer from fatigue due to schoolwork, which results in drowsy driving. Distractions, a lack of experience and many other potential hazards should also be avoided. Sadly, many teens have passed away because of the recklessness of other drivers and they deserve justice.

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