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Teen Distracted Driving Especially Dangerous

August 02, 2011

Distracted driving is the leading cause of teen auto accident fatalities in the U.S. based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Although alcohol-related teen auto accidents have declined, the overall teen accident rates have remained constant because of offsetting increases in accidents caused by distracted teen drivers (based on data provided by a State Farm Insurance Study and NHTSA Study). Although 90 percent of teen drivers deny that they drink and drive, the same percentage admit to observing drivers distracted by passengers or cell phone usage according to the National Teen Driver Survey.

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center provides some alarming data about teen distracted driving practices including talking and texting on mobile phones:

  • Over half of teens 16-17 that own cell phones admit to talking on a cell phone while driving.
  • More than a third of teens 16-17 that text admit to doing so while driving.
  • Almost half of all teens 12-17 say they have been in the car with a teen driver who was texting.
  • Forty percent of teens say they have been in a car when a teen driver was using a cell phone unsafely.

It is perhaps not a coincidence that teen drivers have both the highest auto accident rate and also are most likely to engage in distracted driving. A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting while driving is the activity that poses the highest distracted driving risk.

The Pew study suggests that there is a correlation between teens that text while driving and the driving practices they observe when their parents are driving. A majority of teens characterized their parents as good drivers who were able to safely use a cell phone while driving. Teens that admitted to text messaging while driving were also more likely to indicate that they had been a passenger in a vehicle with an adult driver such as a parent who engaged in text messaging when driving.

Many states, including Georgia, limit teen cell phone use while driving to reduce the risk of teen distracted driving accidents. Georgia law prohibits drivers under the age of 18 who have an instruction permit or Class D driver’s license from any use of a portable communication device to text or talk while driving.

If you or your loved one is involved in a Georgia car accident with a distracted teen driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss of a loved one. Our experienced Georgia teen distracted driver accident attorneys represent those who suffer serious injury or wrongful death throughout Atlanta and all of Georgia. Our Georgia distracted teen accident lawyers have been representing Georgia distracted driving accident victims throughout Georgia for over 38 years.

Our Georgia distracted teen driver accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, 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 and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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