In spite of the obvious risks, drivers continue to speak on their cell phones, check emails, and text while driving.
We are all aware that a few seconds of distraction while driving can put you and others in harm’s way. In spite of the obvious risks, drivers continue to speak on their cell phones, check emails, and text while driving. Many studies have been conducted to understand the dangers of distracted driving and dangerous driving behaviors. A recent research study shows that drivers are more distracted during the summer season. The time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has now been named the 100 deadliest days for young drivers by the AAA foundation.
Distracted Driving and Teenagers
The AAA Foundation highlights the risks associated with distracted driving and teen drivers. The study was conducted in collaboration with the University of Iowa and spanned a period of 8 years. In the research, dashboard cameras and data from more than 2,200 moderate to severe accidents was studied.
The study reports that 60 percent of teen car accidents are caused by distracted driving. Surprisingly, cell phone use was not the number one cause of the accidents. The most common distraction is other passengers in the car, representing 15 percent of the accidents. Cell phone use was responsible for 12 percent. Researchers believe that whenever there is a passenger riding in the car with a teenager, they are more likely to get distracted and engage in dangerous behavior.
Protecting Our Younger Drivers
The foundation seeks a ban on all wireless, electronic devices for drivers under the age of 18 years. In the U.S., 30 states have already adopted this law. In addition, it is important to educate teenagers about the risks associated with distracted driving and encourage them to practice safe driving habits. For teens, driving brings freedom and their inexperience coupled with the excitement of this new found freedom often lands them in trouble.
Parents play an important role in helping teens become safe drivers. Experts recommend having a driving contract with your teen driver. The driving contract should clearly state the rules that the teen driver is expected to follow and the consequences of breaking the rules.
St. Louis Auto Wreck Lawyer
If you or your loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, talk to a St. Louis auto wreck lawyer for legal advice. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free case evaluation.