Distracted Summer Driving Can Be Deadly for Students

May 22, 2018

According to the official U.S. government website, you should be aware of distracted drivers whenever you hit the road during the summer months. Although distracted driving can involve everything from applying makeup to adjusting the stereo, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes that texting while driving is still the most dangerous activity behind the wheel. This is due in part to the number of cognitive sensory skills used and how those functions consume a driver's attention.

Fact is American drivers are using cell phones to manage apps, talk and text in record numbers. NHTSA also reported that the number of young drivers observed visibly manipulating handheld devices continues to grow at a much higher rate than that seen in older drivers. The National Safety Council estimates that one out of every four automobile accidents in the United States may be due to driving while texting. Moreover, if a text message or other distraction requires 5 seconds of a driver's time at 55 mph, it is long enough to cover the length of a football field without seeing the road.

A teenage driver's tendency to use their mobile device to text, talk or engage on social media while driving dramatically increases his or her risk of being involved in a traffic collision. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, deadly crashes for teen drivers increase 15% between Memorial Day and Labor Day compared to the remainder of the year. Although approximately 60% of vehicle accidents involving teens are due to distractions, electronic devices are not the biggest contributor to teen deaths. As it turns out, having peer passengers in the car more than triples the chance a teen driver will be involved in a fatal car crash.

In preparation for the summer's deadliest days, AAA encourages parents to educate teens about the dangers of distracted driving as well as monitor their behavior behind the wheel. If you were in an accident involving a distracted driver, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible following the event before crucial evidence is lost. At Schackow & Mercadante, our firm helps people who have been injured or killed in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and bicycle accidents due to someone else's negligence.

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