A newly released study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is suggesting that distracted driving among teen motorists may be a much more significant problem than previously thought. The study – which was released just in time for April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month – was based on video recordings from thousands of cameras mounted inside of vehicles driven by teens. Here are some key points about the study:
- AAA researchers analyzed over 6,000 videos from cameras mounted inside of vehicles. These cameras provided researchers a view of drivers and their behavior behind the wheel, as well as a view of the roadway and outside conditions through the windshield.
- After examining the videos, researchers found that driver distraction played a role in close to 60% of moderate to severe car accidents. This is more than 4 times the rate of official estimates based on police reports.
- The foundation noted a wide range of distractions exhibited by teen drivers, including text messaging, using a smartphone, adjusting the radio, and personal grooming. Talking to passengers in the vehicle was cited as the most common form of distraction.
The study and accompanying videos of teen drivers have drawn national attention from parents and lawmakers. They also lend credibility and insight to statistics that show auto accidents as the number one cause of preventable death among U.S. teenagers. Researchers at the AAA Foundation are hoping that the study will prompt states to pass tougher laws regulating the use of cellphones behind the wheel, as well as passenger restrictions for newly licensed teen drivers.
At Kelley/Uustal, our Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys have fought for many victims and families whose lives were changed as a result of distracted drivers. We’d like to remind everyone about the importance of avoiding distractions when behind the wheel, and that our firm is always available to help accident victims and their loved ones. For those who ride motorcycles and have also been affected by distracted driving, our Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorneys can help you look at your options regarding a claim.