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Report Shows Teen Drivers Are More Susceptible to Distractions

According to the findings of a new study, the majority of U.S. traffic accidents involving teen drivers are the result of distracted driving, with the most common causes being cell phone use and distractions by passengers. Distracted driving remains a serious problem in the United States, particularly for teen drivers who lack experience behind the wheel and, according to previous research, are more susceptible than adults to distractions. If you have suffered injuries caused by a distracted driving accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, consult our reputable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver found at-fault in the wreck, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills.


In this latest distracted driving report, researchers from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety examined data from nearly 7,000 videos taken by cameras mounted in the vehicles of teen drivers and found that distracted driving was the cause of auto accidents in more than six out of 10 cases. Their findings were presented in the March 2015 report, Using Naturalistic Data to Assess Teen Driver Crashes, which included a review of nearly 1,700 moderate or serious wrecks involving teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19. Based on their findings, the number of teen accidents caused by distracted driving was four times higher than the projected figures based on initial police reports.


The researchers involved in this new distracted driving report indicate that the distractions most commonly associated with teen auto accidents involved passengers in the vehicles, which occurred in 15% of cases, or the driver using a cell phone behind the wheel, which occurred in 12% of cases. These findings support previous research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which found that more than four out of every 10 teens sent or received text messages or emails while driving, a statistic that is significantly higher than surveys originally reported.


In addition to passenger distractions and using a cell phone while driving, the top reasons for distracted driving accidents among teens included drivers grooming themselves, looking at something inside or outside of the vehicle, singing or dancing to music, and reaching for an object. The most common errors resulting from distracted driving included failing to yield the right of way, driving too fast and running a stop sign, which together occurred in approximately 70% of all traffic accidents. If you have been injured in a Texas car accident you believe was caused by distracted driving, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today to discuss your legal options.