Have you ever been driving along, paying careful attention to your responsibilities
as a motorist, only to suddenly have to swerve or brake to avoid a vehicle
on a collision course with your car? Odds are pretty high that the negligent
driver was on their cellphone, and that they were a teenager. Situations
like this are unfortunately not rare, but just how commonplace are they?
The American Automobile Association (AAA) wanted to find out to get to
– and correct – the root of the problem.
Utilizing dashboard cameras that were voluntarily installed in vehicles
primarily operated by teenage drivers across the country, AAA was able
to access close to 7,000 videos of their behavior behind the wheel. The
system would also timestamp footage surrounding a
car accident or a hard-braking incident for later analysis. The data gathered was staggering.
Out of the 1,700 videos that caught a collision on camera, roughly 60%
of them directly involved a serious form of distraction. The biggest culprit?
Cellphone use, followed closely by conversing with passengers in their
car. It should also be noted that every moment of cellphone use did not
always cause an accident, so the danger created is actually greater than
Solutions to a Serious Issue
How can teenage drivers allow themselves to be so frequently distracted
when operating a vehicle? The answer may lie in a lack of understanding
for the fundamental rules of the road. Safety organizations like the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration are suggesting that states do not
have strict enough driver’s license examinations in place. A handful
of states have also limited the number of passengers teenage drivers may
have in their car to only one.
While we await changes that can curb this growing concern, the only way
to receive compensation for an injury caused by a distracted teenage driver
might be to seek legal recourse through civil litigation. If you need
legal representation you can trust for your case,
contact our Wichita car accident attorneys from Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC. Using a
free case evaluation, we can determine your best course of legal action at no cost to you. Call
316.313.4730 today for more information.