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Are our newest drivers the most distracted?

A few years ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a telephone survey on distracted driving. As such, the agency reported on the behaviors and attitudes about distracted driving of 6,000 drivers over 17 years of age from each state and the District of Columbia.

What they found was startling, as the younger drivers reported that they had the greatest frequency of accidents involving cellphone usage. Overall, 6 percent reported at least one collision in the prior year. Another 7 percent admitted to a near-collision.

Those aged 18 to 20 had the highest incidence of collision or near-collision experiences — 23 percent — in comparison with all of the other age groups in the survey. Some of the respondents reported being on their cellphones when their wrecks occurred. Some were just conversing, while fewer were texting or sending email.

While men typically are involved in more accidents than women, the females in the research study reported higher phone involvement than the males.

What is particularly disturbing is that those with the least driving experience appear to be the most distracted. While technology is a great thing and has enhanced our lives in many different ways, there really is no place for distracting elements when you are behind the wheel of a car or truck.

If you were injured in an automobile accident that involved a known or suspected distracted driver, you have the right to pursue that individual and their insurance company for compensation. That can include paying your medical bills and expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages for which they are liable.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Young Drivers Report the Highest Level of Phone Involvement in Crash or Near-Crash Incidences," accessed Dec. 29, 2017

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