Electronic devices such as cell phones have become a nation-wide distraction problem for drivers of all ages, but a new study has found that these devices are the greatest distraction for teen drivers today. According to CBSNews.com, the new study, released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, has come to the conclusion that beyond any other form of distraction, electronic devices (mostly cell phones) cause the largest amount of distraction for teenage drivers.
Especially troubling is that distracted driving has been linked to a higher likelihood of a crash causing serious and fatal injuries, and car accidents are the number one cause of teen deaths today. However, cell phone car accidents in Maryland and across the nation have been linked to not only teen deaths, but many adults as well. The study used video footage from cameras willingly installed by families in the cars of teen drivers to observe their actions and the risks taken while driving, with drivers ranging from 16 through 18 years old with varying amounts of experience.
More than all other observed forms of distraction for teen drivers, including grooming, eating, drinking, loudly conversing with passengers, adjusting controls, and horseplay with passengers, talking and texting on a cell phone occurred the most often. While cell phone use was common among all observed, teenage girls were found to be twice more likely to use such devices while driving than boys.
Learning to drive is an important time for a teenager, but it can also be a stressful and dangerous one. Often, teenage driver accidents are not the fault of the child but another party. If your child has been involved in a crash due to a negligent party’s actions, the Maryland teen driving accident lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can help your family receive proper compensation and aid for the losses incurred. For more information, call our offices today at (844) 632-7274 for a free case evaluation.