You don’t really need a professional’s opinion or a stack of
empirical evidence to know that teenage drivers are frequently distracted
by their cellphones. It’s a sight you probably see every day on
your way to work or running errands: a young driver lit up by the glow
of their mobile device while trying to operate their vehicle. For the
longest time, researchers were wondering just how widespread this hazardous
behavior actually was. Thanks to a study conducted by the American Automobile
Association (AAA) earlier this year, the answer is clearer than ever.
By compiling almost
1,700 videos collected from dashboard cameras in teenage drivers’ vehicles,
the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety got a unique look into the world
of young drivers. Previously, much of their information was speculation.
This study was unique in the way that it accessed such a huge number of
video evidence gathered from motorists all across the country.
In all of those car accidents caught on camera, about 58% of them clearly
showed the teenage driver engaging in some form of distraction only moments
before the collision. The vast majority of distractions came from mobile
phones and communicating with another passenger in the car. Before this
information was collected, many associations, including the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), modestly estimated that only 15%
or so of accidents involving young drivers were due to distractions.
Serious Problems in Need of Correction
Now that the scale of distracted teenage driving has been, more or less,
accurately put into perspective, something should probably be done to
curb the behavior. Many groups are urging state officials to call for
a review of licensing requirements. It could be entirely possible that
tests are too lenient as of now, or that they do not take into account
an individual’s propensity to partake in distracting behaviors while driving.
Until more is done to reduce dangerous
car accidents caused by
distracted driving, the best way to correct issues caused by collisions might be to pursue
financial compensation with a personal injury claim. Let our team of Columbus
car accident lawyers at Rourke and Blumenthal step up to the plate and
represent you in your time of need. With more than 75 years of combined
legal experience and millions recovered in successful
case results and settlements, you can rest easy knowing that your legal matters are in good hands. Call
614.321.3212 for your
free initial consultation.