It isn’t a secret: teen drivers are much more vulnerable to distracted driving accidents than motorists in any other age group.
According to a new study carried out by the American Automobile Association (AAA), drivers in their teen years are putting more people than themselves in serious dangers when they are distracted while behind the wheel.
Car crashes is the number one cause of deadly accidents among U.S. drivers between ages of 15 and 19. But what few of us knew until this study was releases is that two-thirds of those who are deadly injured in these accidents are not the teen drivers. That means that nearly 70 percent of those killed in crashes caused by teen drivers are not teens. The study has also indicated that 40 percent of the incidents cause pedestrians to suffer deadly injuries.
According to AAA and its Foundation for Traffic Safety, the data gathered by the researchers show that the impact caused by crashes involving teen drivers puts the teen in danger as well as many others. That’s one of the reasons many safety advocates believe teen drivers should be made aware from early on that once they sit behind the wheel, they are required to take full responsibility for their actions by avoiding to take part in activities that could endanger themselves and others. One of these activities is distracted driving.
In 2013, 3,000 deaths were associated with crashes caused by teen drivers, but only 988 teens were killed. Teens do not account for all other deaths and 400,000 injuries caused by these teen drivers.
Experts say that, too often, inexperienced drivers fail to recognize certain risks the same way older, more mature drivers do. That allows for accidents to happen more often mostly because the teen driver does not how to react. But what delays even those with some more knowledge is their lack of focus on the road. That’s why distracted driving is a subject that should be discussed widely among teens.
Teens nowadays grew up using their smartphones. As they transition onto the driver’s seat, they seem uneasy with the idea of leaving their phones behind. That’s why it’s important for drivers to discuss the potential risks by making sure that their teen children are aware of the risks associated with distracted driving.
Moving forward, safety advocates will have to stress the importance of making sure teen drivers understand these risks by teaching them bout defensive driving.
If you’re curious to know more about how teen drivers and distracted driving don’t go well together, follow this link to read the full report.