AAA Study Reveals Teen Distracted Driving Crashes Are Getting Worse

With the 100 deadliest driving days of summer for teens underway, I was alarmed to read some new statistics that suggest nearly 60 percent of teen crashes involve distracted driving.

These statistics are very worrying. I have two teenagers and am always worried about the temptations of texting or checking social media on the road.

distracted driving is a major issue for teen

The new figures from AAA reveal how notwithstanding all of the warnings, the epidemic of distracted driving is becoming worse for teenagers.

Don Redman, a spokesman for AAA, said we are entering the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers.

The AAA Foundation states that 60 percent of teen crashes involve some sort of distraction. Distracted driving causes about 10 percent of wrecks for motorists of all ages and the problem is getting worse.

Redman said:

“This period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is deemed as the deadliest 100 days for teen drivers, and largely because there’s many more on the road and of course they’re not as well supervised when they’re on the road,”

If you consider the 100 days over the last five years when teens are more likely to be out on the roads, more than 5,000 teens have lost their lives.

Distracted Driving Escalates

The new study suggests the problem of distracted driving among teens is getting worse rather than better.

It compared new crash videos with those from 2007 -2012 and identified some consistent trends in the leading three distractions for teens behind the wheel. they were:

  • Talking to other passengers or distracted by them (15 percent of crashes).
  • Texting, talking or operating a cell phone (12 percent of crashes).
  • Attending to something or looking at something inside the vehicle (11 percent of crashes).

We can’t underestimate the dangers of texting and other distractions. Many of the victims of car wrecks who we help at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers were involved in distracted driving wrecks. Recent research by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found texting creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving when not distracted.

It’s important for parents to know what their teens are doing this summer and to make sure they are not texting or engaging in other kinds of distracted driving. Drunk driving accidents also spike during the summer party season and it’s important to designate a driver who is not drinking or to use a service such as Uber. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident caused by a distracted driver call us today at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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