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Driver Distraction May Be Worse Than We Think, Study Says

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A new study from AAA is suggesting that distracted driving may be a much larger problem than originally thought, especially when it comes to teen drivers. As the number one cause of death among American teenagers, distracted driving has become a serious concern and a problem of epidemic proportions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The new study attempted to identify just how serious the problem has become among younger drivers.

Researchers from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted the study by focusing on common distractions and the behaviors of teen drivers. Here are some key points about the study:

  • Researchers reviewed thousands of videos from cameras mounted in vehicles driven by teens who were involved in auto accidents. These videos gave researchers access to see exactly how drivers behaved immediately before a collision, as well as roadway conditions.
  • The study found that distraction played a role in almost 60% of moderate to severe crashes involving teens. This is more than 4x the estimates from police reports.
  • The most common form of distraction involved drivers talking to passengers. Other common distractions researchers noted include text messaging, talking on a cellphone, personal grooming, and adjusting the radio or sound system.

The study is an important reminder for teens and parents about the serious dangers of distracted driving. It also helps remind local and state lawmakers around the country of the importance for passing tougher laws and restrictions. For example, AAA researchers are also supporting the passage of laws nationwide that restrict teen drivers from using cellphones and driving with multiple passengers during the first six months of having a license.

If you have questions about driver distraction and auto accidents, The Daspit Law Firm is here to help. Contact our accident attorneys today to discuss your case.

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