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What teen drivers should know about the '100 Deadliest Days'

The Independence Day holiday is arguably the height of the summer (even though the first day of summer was only a week ago). For many high-school kids (especially those who drive) it is a time like no other during the year.

The summer is also a dangerous time for teen drivers considering their proclivity to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Because of this, law enforcement agencies across Missouri refer to the months between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day weekend as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.”

Basically, the number of auto accidents involving teen drivers grows during the summer months. This is arguably why there are increased patrols during holiday weeks to get distracted drivers and drunk drivers off the road before they cause an accident.

Aside from potential criminal liability, all drivers on Missouri drivers on roads are required to drive as a reasonable person would by obeying speed laws, limiting distractions and refraining from using mood altering drugs such as alcohol before driving.

If a driver fails to use reasonable care, and such a failure results in an accident, the offending driver could be held liable for the crash. More importantly, such a driver is more likely to lose their life.

During the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, teen drivers are more likely to party. Since Independence Day is the ultimate summer holiday, we hope young drivers take heed to the dangers of the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.

If you have questions about your rights and options after a car accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you. 

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