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The risks of distracted driving for young motorists

Distracted driving is a problem in Florida and across the country. From texting to distracting infotainment systems in vehicles, there are many things that can cause a driver to divert his or her eyes and attention from the road. This type of negligent behavior is very risky, greatly increasing the chances of an accident.

There has been a significant amount of research into the issue of distracted driving and how to prevent it. Research and statistics indicate there are certain demographics that may be more prone to driving while distracted, particularly teen drivers. Many young drivers suffer serious or fatal injuries in distraction-related accidents every year.

What you should know about this significant problem

Studies show that drivers are distracted approximately 10 percent of the time they are operating a vehicle. Whether it is because of eating, reading an email, talking on the phone or sending a text, any form of distraction is dangerous.

You may know that distracted driving is especially prevalent with young drivers. Consider the following facts about teens, distraction and dangerous driving habits:

  • Drivers age 15 to 20 comprise about 6 percent of the total number of drivers in the United States.
  • Drivers age 15 to 20 are involved in about 10 percent of the total number of fatal car accidents and in about 13 percent of serious, injury-causing accidents in the United States.
  • A study revealed that when a teen driver was dialing a phone, he or she was eight times more likely to crash.
  • Teen drivers are four times more likely to crash when texting, and they are seven to eight times more likely to have an accident when reaching for something.

Teens are not the only group to have an issue with distracted driving, but they may be the most susceptible to this type of negligent behavior. Young drivers who make irresponsible decisions behind the wheel place every other person on the road at risk of serious or fatal injury.

Guidance for accident victims

People who believe that distraction is the cause for their accident may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. It can be helpful to seek a full evaluation of the case in order to better understand the legal options that may be available, which may include a personal injury claim.

There is no time to lose after an accident, and it can be prudent to take quick action to protect yourself and shield your interests as a victim of distracted driving.

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