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We Are Now in the “100 Deadliest Days of Driving” for Teenagers

More than 2,000 teenagers die in car accidents each year. Another 200,000 plus are treated in emergency rooms. These are sobering statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which collects data on fatalities and injuries. Each year between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the number of teenage driving deaths increase. AAA and the National Safety Council (NSC) call this period the “100 deadliest days of driving” for teenagers. Between 2012 and 2017, almost 2,000 people died in traffic accidents involving teenage drivers.

There are a couple of reasons why teenage driving accidents increase during the summer months. Teenagers are generally not in school during the summer, meaning they have more time to use their vehicles for recreational activities. In addition, teenagers are more likely to drive with other teenage passengers. According to Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute, teenagers 15 to 17 years old may be eight times more likely to die in car crashes when they are driving with two or more teenage passengers. Teenagers are also killed each summer in accidents caused by texting and driving.

How to Protect Your Teenager During the 100 Deadliest Days

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA) has recommendations for parents who want to protect their teenage drivers during the summer.

  1. Create a “safe driving contract”. The first thing parents can do is to create a safe driving contract. According to AAA, this contract can stipulate rules for safe driving and punishments for breaking these rules.
  2. Limit passengers. Passengers increase the risk of an accident for your teenager. You can place limits on the number of passengers your teenager can have while driving. Depending on your state, these limitations may already be codified into law.
  3. Set an example. You can also lead by example. Teach your teenager safe driving habits while they are in the car with you. For instance, you could put your mobile phone out of reach to avoid the temptation of texting behind the wheel.

Contact Our Denver Car Accident Attorneys for More Information

You should speak with an attorney if a car accident causes harm to you or a loved one. The Denver car accident attorneys at Lampert & Walsh, LLC can help you determine possible options for recovering compensation. For future updates on driving safety tips and news, follow our law firm on Facebook and Twitter.

Deadly Drains, Bacteria and Other Common Swimming Pool Dangers

Summer has finally arrived. Warm weather will bring millions of people to public and private swimming pools. While swimming is a classic summer pastime, it is also a cause of injuries and deaths. Drownings, infections, falls and electrocutions happen each year. To prevent a swimming pool injury or death this summer, beware of the following hazards while enjoying swimming pools and spas:

  1. Dangerous pathogens. Swimming pools may contain dangerous microbes, especially if they are unsanitary. Pathogens such as coli, rotavirus and Salmonella can infect swimmers. Although very rare, unsanitary swimming pools may also contain the “brain-eating amoeba” (Naegleria fowleri).
  2. Electrical hazards. Poor maintenance practices and defects can cause electrocutions. Underwater lights, filters, pumps and other equipment can deliver deadly electric shocks. Plugged in electronic devices can also cause electric shocks when they come into contact with water.
  3. Slippery surfaces. The areas around swimming pools can become slippery. Wet surfaces may lead to slip and fall accidents. These accidents are more likely to result in death or serious injury when they occur on elevated surfaces.
  4. Poor lighting or inadequate signage. Some swimming pools have poor lighting, which might conceal shallow water. Swimmers could dive into the pool without realizing the water is shallow. Diving accidents are a cause of spinal cord injuries.
  5. Noncompliant drains. Some pool drains can eviscerate or drown swimmers. Last month, a pool drain’s suction power drowned a young South Carolina boy. Pool drains should be compliant with The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, a law created to prevent deaths caused by pool drains.

We have only scratched the surface on this topic. There are other reasons why swimming pools lead to accidents each year. For instance, poor supervision is a cause of accidental drownings involving young children. Future blogs may go into more detail on these hazards.

Who Is Liable for a Swimming Pool Injury or Death?

Liability for a swimming pool injury or death depends on the circumstances. Property owners, businesses, pool maintenance companies and product manufacturers are examples of parties who might be liable. It may be possible to recover compensation in cases where these parties are liable.

If you or a loved one suffered harm at a public or private swimming pool, then we encourage you to speak to one of our attorneys. The Denver premises liability attorneys at Lampert & Walsh, LLC could help you determine whether it would be possible to recover compensation for your injury or loss.