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Study Finds Distracted Driving Riskier for Novice Drivers

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data show that drivers under age 20 are among the highest risk group.

 

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.

 

According to a recent Virginia Tech study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, multitasking while driving significantly increased risks of auto accidents or near accidents for novice drivers but did not do so for experienced drivers. The exception to this was dialing a cell phone which adversely impacted both groups. The average age of the novice drivers was 16 years old and the experienced drivers were 36 years old. Multitasking required drivers to look away from the road and included dialing or reaching for a phone, texting, reaching for objects other than phones, looking at roadside objects and adjusting various controls in the automobile.

 

The study found that the frequency with which novice drivers engaged in potentially risky multitasking increased over time but remained relatively constant for experienced drivers. Activities which had the highest likelihood of accidents or near accidents for novice drivers were dialing a cell phone, reaching for objects other than a phone, reaching for phone and texting. Activities which had the highest likelihood of accidents or near accidents for experienced drivers showed less frequency but were dialing a cell phone, reaching for a phone and reaching for objects other than a phone.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving causes over 6,000 fatalities and over 515,000 people being injured annually. These figures are estimates based on data collected from police reports; federal studies indicate that the numbers could be much higher when considering accidents and injuries that are not reported to the police.  Deaths from texting-related accidents are estimated to be around 16,000.

 

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