Distracted driving has always been a serious problem for motorists on American roadways, and a standing assumption states that teenagers are worse offenders than any other age group. This could especially be true with the high popularity of the mobile phone that will never go away, and is still on the rise. To determine just how dangerous distracted teenage drivers actually are, a new study was conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and the results were staggering.
The AAA has determined that about 60% of all moderate to severe crashes involving young drivers were directly caused by their own distractions. A higher percentage might be related to less severe car accidents or moments of “hard-braking” (slamming down the brake pedal). Although there were many types of distractions observed – grooming, dancing, etc. – the two most common were cell phone use and communicating with a friend in the vehicle.
The study was the first conducted by AAA to utilize dash-cameras in the vehicles of young drivers. Nearly 1,700 video clips gathered from vehicles all across the country showed both the road outside the windshield and what the teenage driver was doing at the time of the collision. As far as crash-related studies go, the implementation of such a vast number of dash-cams proved to be unique and infinitely helpful.
(NBC News reported on the AAA’s findings here in a full article.)
The Numbers Don’t Lie
According to past estimates stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distractions of any kind were involved with only about 14% of teenage driver car accidents. That number could be dramatically lower than the new assumed amount due to the fact that teenage drivers were lying when questioned what they were doing at the time of their accident.
To combat what seems to be a growing problem, organizations like AAA suggest that states need to review and alter the requirements to pass the driver’s license examinations. For so many young drivers to be on the road and behaving in such a way indicates an underlying lack of understanding of roadway laws.
If you have been in a car accident with a young driver and you believe distractions were to blame, you might be able to receive financial compensation. Contact a Waterbury car accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Mongelluzzo, LLC today. Our team of compassionate and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys can craft a case that works towards your best interests, all while you rest and recover. Call 203.663.3695.