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Distracted driving for teens takes many forms


Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 20, 2015 in Car Accidents

It is well known that teen drivers are one of the demographics that is most likely to be involved in a traffic accident. This is because they are prone to participating in distracted driving behaviors. When readers think about the reasons for this, their predilection for using their cell phones for things such as texting may come to mind. According to a recent study, texting is not the only dangerous thing that drivers are doing on the roads. 

The study surveyed teen drivers to find out what they were doing besides driving. The teens indicated that they talk on the phone, change clothes, put on makeup, change contact lenses and do homework. They also still text behind the wheel. Approximately 40 percent admitted to participating in that activity.

Following the survey, the teens involved in the study took an interactive drivers education class. In the course of that class they were educated on the impact that multitasking can have on how well activities are completed. Following that short course the teens showed a little improvement at identifying the risks that exist while trying to multitask and drive.

Of course this information doesn’t only pertain to teen drivers. People of all ages can be distracted while driving when trying to multitask behind the wheel. When this behavior leads to a crash, it is possible that injuries could be incurred. The injured individuals might decide to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person whose negligent behavior cause the crash to occur in the first place.