New Study Reveals Top Distractions for Teen Drivers


June 08, 2016

A new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals the dangerous range of behaviors that distract teen drivers. Researchers combined forces with the University of Iowa to examine teen drivers over the past eight years using mounted vehicle cameras. The study documented more than 2,200 moderate to severe car accidents. Analyzing the dashboard camera footage, researchers were able to determine some of the main causes of teen accidents, and driver distraction topped the list.

At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia Car Accident Attorneys are concerned by the high rates of distracted driving here in Georgia and the rest of the country. Our law firm devotes considerable resources to combating texting while driving and other forms of dangerous distraction. We further fight to see that each client injured by distracted drivers to obtain the compensation they deserve.

AAA's Alarming Findings

Over the span of the AAA study, an alarming trend was discovered. Teen drivers today are more likely interact with their phones via texting or social media. An estimated 60 percent of teen accidents observed were caused by distracted driving. Surprisingly, cell phones were not identified as the number one distraction. Instead, other passengers accounted for 15 percent of teen accidents, compared to talking or texting on the phone, which caused approximately 12 percent of accidents. In fact, even the addition of one passenger to the car increases the likelihood of a teen car accident tremendously.

While additional passengers may have surpassed cell phones as a cause of accidents by a few percentage points, cell phone use continues to pose considerable risks among teens. The AAA recommends total bans on all wireless devices for drivers under the age of 18. Thirty states have currently adopted this recommendation and Georgia is one such state. Drivers within Georgia are forbidden from using all cell phones, handheld or hands-free.

Our Fight Against Distracted Driving

Our Georgia car accident attorneys understand the tremendous problem of distracted driving, particularly among teens. Our law firm participates in several local campaigns aimed to end distracted driving. One of our campaigns is "Don't Text and Drive" and we commonly emphasize the fact that texting and driving is a serious public safety hazard.  Moreover, the practice of texting and driving is banned for all drivers across the state.  

What You Can Do If You Are Injured by a Distracted Driver

If you have been involved in a suspected distracted driving accident, it is imperative that you contact a knowledgeable car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your car accident attorney can assess the facts surrounding the accident and advise you on the necessary steps to protect your rights. Vital evidence of driver distraction must be gathered as soon as possible, so do not delay in seeking legal assistance.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in a distracted driving or another type of car accident, the Georgia Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. For over 30 years, our firm has assisted thousands of individuals injured in car and other traffic accidents across Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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