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Study Shows Teens' Distracted Driving Reputations Overestimated

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Additionally, it is estimated that 18 percent of auto accidents that year involved distracted drivers.

 

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 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, teen drivers are not the age demographic that are distracted by cell phones the most. As a part of the 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index, AAA found that 82 percent of drivers 25 to 39 years old admitted to using a cell phone while driving. However, only 58 percent of 16- to 18-year-old drivers reported using a cell phone while driving. Over 40 percent of drivers between the ages of 25 to 39 admitted to using a cell phone "fairly often or regularly" while driving, but only 20 percent of teen drivers reported doing so. Similarly, 31 percent of teen drivers admitted to texting or e-mailing while driving compared to 45 percent of 25 to 39-year-old drivers.

 

Government agencies and private companies have launched campaigns to educate young drivers and their parents about distracted driving dangers. AT&T recently introduced the "It Can Wait" campaign with website information and public service announcements. Toyota targets teen drivers and their parents with an online campaign it is calling "TeenDrive365." The TeenDrive365 website includes tools for parents to talk with their young drivers about safe driving habits. There are videos illustrating how young drivers learn their habits from their parents, a Mutual Driving Agreement to be signed by the teen driver and the parents, tips and quizzes.  

 

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