Cape Coral Injury Attorney: Would Your Teen Speak Out Against Distracted Driving?

by Carmen Dellutri on May 10, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury lawyerThe U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced survey analysis that reveals young people are the least likely passengers to say something to their driver if he or she were texting or talking on a cell phone. At the same time, Secretary Ray LaHood also launched a new contest for students to design a social networking icon that will be used in DOT's distracted driving campaign and encourage young drivers to speak up when riding with a distracted driver.

"Distracted driving is an epidemic on our roadways, and these new findings show that our youngest drivers are particularly at risk," said Secretary LaHood. "We're encouraging young people across America to commit to distraction-free driving, spread the word to their family and friends, and speak up if the driver in their car is distracted."

The NHTSA survey polled more than 6,000 drivers to assess the public's attitudes, knowledge, and self-reported behavior related to cell phones. When asked as passengers how they would feel about different situations, almost all respondents (about 90% overall) reported that they considered a driver who was sending or reading text messages or e-mails as very unsafe. However, it also found that younger passengers were less likely than older passengers to speak up. About one-third of young passengers 18 to 20 and 21 to 24 would say something to a driver who was talking on a handheld phone, whereas about half of drivers 65+ would speak up.

Below are a few other additional findings:

  • Younger drivers ages 18 to 20 years old report the highest level of phone involvement in crash or near-crash incidences.
  • These young drivers are nearly three times as likely to report having been reading or sending a text or e-mail when such an incident occurred as compared to drivers age 25 and higher.
  • Drivers younger than 25 are two to three times more likely to drive while sending or reading a text message or email. Reports of texting while driving drop sharply as age increases.

As the results of this survey highlight, distracted driving prevention should be a key component of teen driver education. However, Cape Coral injury attorneys, we know that teens are not the only ones making risky decisions to text behind the wheel.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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