Driving distracted can be as dangerous as other forms of negligence, such as driving drunk and driving recklessly. Yet, as a recent AAA study found, many people still choose to engage in this dangerous behavior, particularly those between the ages of 19 and 24.
Distracted driving can cause a driver to collide with another vehicle, a pedestrian, or a stationary object. Although cell phones are most frequently linked to distracted driving, they are not the only cause. Eating while driving, putting on makeup while driving, admiring the scenery, and engaging in conversations can all cause a driver to lose focus on the road and risk getting into an accident.
On average, distracted driving results in 100 American roadway fatalities every day.When a victim is injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, he or she can seek compensation for their injury-related damages by filing a personal injury claim. Since 1991, close to one million Americans have died in preventable collisions due to driver negligence, which includes behaviors such as driving under the influence of drugs, speeding, and aggressive driving.
Millennials’ Driving Habits vs. Other Generations
In a recent AAA survey of 2,500 Americans, 88.4 percent of those between the ages of 19 and 24 admitted to engaging in behaviors linked to car accidents such as checking their phones, running through red lights, and speeding. The percentage of individuals aged 25 to 39 who admitted to these behaviors was 79.2. The respondents were divided into six age groups: 16-18, 19-24, 25-39, 40-59, 60-74, and 75+. The individuals aged 60-74 reported the lowest rate of dangerous driving behaviors at only 67.3 percent.
The study also recorded respondents’ self-reported instances of other forms of negligent driving as well. A few key takeaways from the survey include:
- One in eight respondents admitted to driving after drinking alcohol at least once in the past year
- Just under half admitted to driving 15 miles per hour or more over highway speed limits in the past year
- One in six respondents admitted to driving without wearing a seat belt in the past month
The study found that millennial drivers were the least likely to support legislation to crack down on distracted driving. Surprisingly, nearly all of the respondents agreed about the safety risks of driving intoxicated, speeding on highways, and driving without wearing seat belts.
Delaware County Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Successfully Represent Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents
Drivers of any age can be injured when others on the road are not careful to prevent accidents. If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident, complete our online form or call 215-569-8488 to discuss your legal options with an experienced and compassionate Delaware County car accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. Our office is located in Philadelphia and we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.