According to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, millennial drivers engage in more dangerous behaviors behind the wheel than other drivers. The study was based on a survey of more than 2,500 drivers conducted by the market research firm GfK.
According to the survey, 88% of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 admitted to engaging in dangerous behavior such as texting while driving, speeding or running red lights. No other age group engaged in these risky behaviors with such regularity. When the driving behaviors of the entire millennial generation are compared with the behaviors of other drivers, the difference in these dangerous actions is significant:
- Texting while driving is almost twice as common among millennial drivers as it is among other drivers (59.3% to 31.4%)
- Millennial drivers run red lights when they could've stopped safely at a higher rate than other drivers (50% to 36%)
- A higher rate of millennial drivers found it acceptable to drive 10 mph over the speed limit in school zones than other drivers (12% to 5%)
This information was released shortly after the National Safety Council released data indicating that traffic deaths across the country experienced the biggest 2-year spike in over 50 years. It appears that this dangerous driving behavior is leading to an increase in car accidents on our nation's roads.
The data from this survey makes it clear that we need to do a better job at educating young drivers about the dangers that can occur when engaging in risky behavior behind the wheel. Often car accident victims suffer serious, life-altering injuries as a result of these collisions.
If you've been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. The attorneys at Shapiro & Sternlieb have almost 60 years of combined experience handling car accident cases for individuals in the Newark area. We know how to battle the insurance companies who often unfairly try to reduce the value of your claim, and we'll fight aggressively to maximize the value of your compensation.
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