Regardless of how far or often you need to travel in your day to day life,
you probably see teenage drivers using their cellphones behind the wheel
quite often. It is a serious problem that worries motorists across the
country. How dangerous is this reckless behavior? The question has only
been answered with speculation, until recently.
The American Automobile Association – or AAA, as they are more commonly
known as – conducted a comprehensive and unique study earlier this
year to discover just how bad distracted teenage driving really is in
our country. By accessing thousands of video files from dashboard cameras
that were installed in the cars of teenage drivers, they were able to
analyze roughly 1,700 videos that showed accidents as they happened, with
footage outside the windshield and inside the vehicle. Of those clips,
nearly 60% involved an accident that occurred immediately after the teenage
driver used their cellphone or conversed with a passenger.
What Do the Results Mean?
Before this large scale study was conducted, the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that only 15% of
car accidents involving teenage drivers included some form of serious distraction. Now
that it is clear that they missed their mark by about 45%, they and other
similar organizations are rethinking what needs to be done to curb this
If states start to reevaluate their driver’s license examination
requirements, it could help reduce this dangerous behavior. For so many
teenagers to engage in reckless distractions, it could be indicative of
a fundamental lack of understanding of the rules of the road.
If you have been seriously injured by a teenage driver, they might have
been using their cellphone or speaking to a passenger instead of focusing
on the task at hand. Furthermore, you might be eligible to receive financial
compensation through a civil lawsuit. Come to Dean Law Firm, where our
Midland car accident attorney can help you construct your case with the
goal of maximizing your recovery.
Contact us today to request a
free case evaluation.