AAA Study Suggests Teen Driver Distraction is Bigger Problem than Thought

AAA Study Suggests Teen Driver Distraction is Bigger Problem than Thought

A new study from researchers at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is suggesting that distracted driving among teen motorists may be a much bigger problem than previously thought. According to the study, police reports indicating the cause of collisions may be seriously underreporting the true facts about how many crashes distracted driving really causes.

Here are a few key points about the AAA study:

  • Researchers examined over 6,000 videos from cameras installed in vehicles driven by teen motorists. These cameras allowed researchers to view both drivers behind the wheel and a view of roadway conditions through the windshield.
  • After analyzing videos in vehicles that were involved in crashes, researchers found that distraction was a factor in close to 75% of moderate to severe accidents caused by teen drivers. This is more than 4 times official estimates based on police reports.
  • Researchers reported talking to passengers as the most common form of distraction. Other distractions included texting and using a cell-phone, adjusting the radio or music player, and personal grooming.

Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death among American teens, and experts have long believed that distraction plays a major role in this unfortunate statistic. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) considers distracted driving a problem of epidemic proportions.

Lawmakers and safety advocates are citing the AAA study in their arguments for passing policies that enforce tougher distracted driving laws. Many are also supporting legislation that limits novice teen drivers from having multiple, non-family member passengers in the vehicle until a probationary period has been lifted.

At The Barrera Law Firm, our accident attorneys are passionate about fighting for victims harmed in preventable auto accidents, including those caused by distracted drivers. If you would like more information about your rights and what our firm can do to help, contact us for a FREE consultation.