Indiana Car Accident Claims: Teens, Technology & Distracted Driving

March 31, 2012

Car accidents in Highland and elsewhere are the top killers for teenagers in the United States. This young driving age group possesses much less experience behind the wheel than you and I. Not only do they have less experience, they're also more likely to engage in distractions while driving, distractions that can produce both serious and fatal accidents.

According to a recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, female teenage drivers are the worst of the bunch. They're more likely to engage in distractions including cell phones and text messaging devices, than males of their same age, according to US News.
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Researchers at AAA looked through roughly 8,000 video clips from the inside of teens' cars in North Carolina. It was concluded that cell phones and smartphones were the number one kind of distraction for these young drivers, especially the teen girls.

Our Gary car accident lawyers understand that teens need coaching through their driving career. This doesn't mean that parents can rely on the state graduated driver's licensing (GDL) program. Parents need to stay involved in their teen's driving habits to make sure that they're staying safe behind the wheel. Enforce your own rules to help keep them safe on our roadways.

The study concluded that females were engaging in electronic distractions behind the wheel about 7 percent of the time. Male teens were only engaging in these distractions just 4 percent of the time. While we're proud of the boys for keeping their phones down a little bit more, the truth of the matter is that any use of these devices greatly increases accident risks. While this study focused on electronic distractions, other kind of distractions were witnessed in 15 percent of the clips, including eating, drinking, grooming and adjusting various controls.

Believe it not, older teens were more likely to engage in these distractions, too. It seems like the more comfortable they got behind the wheel the more likely they were to whip out their cell phones.

Researchers concluded that females were twice as likely to use an electronic device while driving, 10 percent more likely to engage in other distractions, 50 percent more likely to reach for objects and 25 percent more likely to drink and eat at the wheel. The only thing boys were more likely to do was to turn around in their seats and to talk to people who were outside of the car.

It was also noted that teens were more likely to talk loudly and horseplay with one another when there was more than one passenger present in the vehicle.

Teenage drivers who use electronics at the wheel take their eyes of the road about a second longer than those who were distracted in other ways. It may not seem like a lot, but it could mean the difference between life and death.

"That extra second can mean the difference between managed risk and tragedy for any driver," said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of AAA.

If you or the teen driver in your family has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Indiana injury lawyer Burton A. Padove. Call today to schedule a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 219-836-2200.

More Blog Entries:

"OMG" Campaign to Reduce Risks to Teen Car Accidents in Highland and Elsewhere, Indiana Injury And Family Lawyer Blog, December 5, 2011