Use of electronic devices by North Carolina teenagers has been proven to be the cause of most teen car accidents. North Carolina teens were recently the focus of a study conducted by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Results were released in an article entitled Distracted Driving Among Newly Licensed Teen Drivers. The study concluded that the use of electronic devices was overwhelmingly the number one distraction for teen drivers.
North Carolina teens were the focus of the sample group. Video recordings of 52 North Carolina teenagers between the age of 16 and 18 were observed. Sixty-three percent were 16 years old, seventeen percent were 17 years old and 19 percent were 18 years old. The video recordings captured teens drinking, eating, reading, turning around to talk to people inside the car or outside. The top factor serving as a distraction for teenagers was the use of electronic devices.
The study also concluded that females were twice as likely to use their phones while driving and males were twice as likely to turn around in their seat to talk to passengers or someone outside the vehicle. The findings also revealed that the use of electronic devices increased proportionately with their age, as older and more experienced high school drivers were observed using them. Interestingly, traffic conditions being light, moderate or heavy had no real bearing on the teenage drivers’ inattentiveness, but poor or challenging weather conditions such as rain did result in less driver distraction.
Clearly, this study just released in March 2012 confirms that the use of electronic devices is the primary cause of teenage driver distraction and one of the reasons that auto accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths.
There isn’t a day that goes by without seeing someone driving in the traffic lane next to you reading the paper, putting on makeup, combing their hair, shaving, eating, drinking, not watching the cars around them, talking on the phone, texting or looking at their Blackberry or iPhone. All of this plus, of all things, driving an automobile in heavy traffic and perhaps even at high speeds. Each and every one of us has at some time been distracted while driving and talking on the phone. Studies have shown that drivers talking on their cell phones or while drunk are four times more likely to cause an accident. Texting drivers are even worse. They are eight times more likely to cause an accident.
Driver inattention is not limited to teenagers. Adults are also distracted by cellphones, rushing to their next meeting and using their GPS for directions, among other things. Accidents can change lives because of the catastrophic injuries or death that are the result of just that momentary distraction. If you, your family or friends have had to endure the pain of losing a loved one or had a loved one suffer severe and maiming injuries because of the negligence of a distracted driver, please contact Auger & Auger, for a free, confidential consultation at 704-364-3361 or Toll Free at (800) 977-7396. Our experienced North Carolina car accident attorneys and staff can guide you through the process and advise you what claims or causes of action are available to you. All cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means you owe no fee unless there is a monetary recovery.
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Newly Licensed Teens At Much Higher Risk For Car Accident In North Carolina, North Carolina Car Accident Attorney Blog, January 11, 2012
Are You Peeking?North Carolina Car Accident Attorney Blog, July 11, 2011