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Report Shows Teen Drivers Are More Susceptible to Distractions

The Prevalence of Distracted Driving Among Teens in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. One of the top risk factors for teens is distracted driving. A 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Study revealed that 39% of high school students who drove admitted to texting or emailing while driving at least once 30 days before the survey.

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 included a review of nearly 1,700 moderate or severe wrecks involving teen drivers between 16 and 19. Based on these findings, the number of teen accidents caused by distracted driving was four times higher than the projected figures based on initial police reports.

Top Causes of Distracted Driving Crashes for Teens

According to Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), another big problem besides texting and driving among teens is interacting with other passengers. Other factors that contribute to distracted driving accidents among teens are:

  • Looking at something inside or outside of the car
  • Moving/dancing to music
  • Grooming (combing hair, putting on makeup)
  • Reaching for an object inside of the car

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If you have suffered injuries caused by a distracted driving accident, we are here to help you seek justice. Our team of lawyers will assess your case to determine if you have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver found at fault in the wreck. We are in your corner to help you pursue financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills.

Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. today at (361) 238-2789 to learn your rights.