Parents in Kentucky may want to explain the dangers of distracted driving to their teens. After all, October 20 to 26 is Teen Driver Safety Week. Researchers from Michigan State University have released the results of a new study as a way to tie in with this event. The study had to do with teens and distracted driving.
A total of 3,400 teens were monitored behind the wheel between the years 2011 and 2013. By actually recording drivers’ actions inside the vehicles, researchers gathered valuable data not accessed by previous studies, which had to rely on police crash reports for their conclusions.
Researchers noted what distractions were most widespread and what distractions led to the most number of crashes. It turns out that car crash risk is at its highest when teens are looking at objects outside of the vehicle. The No. 2 riskiest action is cell phone use, including talking on the phone, listening, holding the phone, texting and surfing the Internet.
Researchers divided the distractions into more than 60 categories. They found that teens, more than any other age group, are the most likely to drive distracted. Not surprisingly, distracted driving crash rates are also highest among teens.
Distracted driving is, along with drunk driving and drowsy driving, one of the major contributors to motor vehicle accidents today. All four are forms of negligent driving that can form the basis of a personal injury claim. An injured car accident victim who believes they have good grounds for such a claim may want to consult with a lawyer. With a lawyer’s help, they might be able to achieve a fair settlement with the auto insurance companies. That settlement could cover things like medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.