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Study Examines Effects of Teen Passengers on Teen Drivers

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is estimated that an additional 416,000 people were injured in automobile crashes involving a distracted driver.

 

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

Two separate studies conducted by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance published in the Journal of Adolescent Health examined accident frequency and driving distractions among teen drivers who have teen passengers.

 

One study focused on the characteristics exhibited by teen drivers who have teen passengers.  The research concluded that these teens claimed they were "risk-takers" and said they lacked parental supervision. These teen drivers tended to lack an awareness of the potential hazards of driving. These drivers were in the minority in the study.

 

The other study included almost 700 teen drivers and examined the impact of passengers on driver behavior. Drivers of both genders were more likely to be involved in a collision when traveling with teen passengers. Nearly 70 percent of male teen drivers who were involved in a distracted driving accident indicated the source of the distraction was a passenger. Nearly 50 percent of female teen drivers indicated their distraction-related accident was caused by a passenger-related distraction.

 

Passengers also increased the likelihood of aggressive driving behavior by male teen drivers but not female teen drivers. Male teen drivers were six times more likely to violate a traffic law and twice as likely to engage in aggressive driving immediately before being involved in a collision when a passenger was present. Female teen drivers showed little tendency for aggressive driving with or without passengers.

 

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia