By Jim Schwalen
Plants are blooming, the sun is setting later, school is out, and the Brewers are back on the baseball diamond. That can only mean one thing: summer is here!
Unfortunately, summer is also one of the most dangerous times on our roads and highways, especially for teen drivers. According to the National Safety Council, car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the U.S.
Overall, the number of fatal car accidents has declined significantly in the last 10 years. However, there has been a recent uptick in the number of people killed in car accidents since 2014.
This rise in fatal highway accidents seems counterintuitive. After all, cars now have more standard safety features than ever before. So why are we seeing a spike in fatalities, and why are teenage drivers so significantly impacted? There are many reasons.
So what are the solutions?
Summer is a wonderful time in Wisconsin. Just as we’ll all be cheering on the Brewers to make it across home plate, West Bend wants to make sure your boys and girls of summer make it home safely, too.
Jim Schwalen is Vice President of Personal Lines & Marketing at West Bend Mutual Insurance Company.