Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, summer has unofficially begun for many Wyoming residents. That means that more people will be hitting the road to go to graduations, family barbeques and beach parties. Unfortunately, increased road traffic also means an increased risk of car accidents. This is especially true for young drivers.

In fact, the Ford Motor Co. says that the 100-day period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is one of the deadliest periods of the year for teen drivers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety corroborates this, reporting that fatal crashes involving members of that age group spike around 15% during the summer months. According to the organization’s researchers, two of the main reasons for this are that teen drivers are inexperienced and they have more opportunity to take to the road when school is out for the summer.

In order to reduce the risk of car accidents involving young drivers, experts encourage parents to teach teens safety rules for both riding in a car and driving it. These rules should include no texting and driving, no drinking and driving, no drowsy driving, no distracted driving, wearing a seat belt at all times and following all traffic laws. Parents should also teach teens to be mindful of construction zones and avoid driving at night.

Teen drivers who cause distracted driving car accidents could be found legally liable for their actions. Victims injured in a crash caused by a young driver could contact an attorney and discuss their legal options. One option could be to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible driver seeking compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. An attorney could also assist families who have lost a loved one in a car wreck caused by a negligent teen driver.