Anyone can cause an auto accident by becoming distracted from the task of driving; however, teenagers are often pointed to as being the most likely perpetrators of distracted driving. It is important to remember that adults, too, engage in careless behavior leading to catastrophic accidents. By showing our teens how to drive safely now, we can prevent the injury, expense, pain and emotional suffering often resulting from car accidents.
A recent study from Bridgestone Americas shows teenage girls are 15 percent more likely than teenage boys to engage in risky driving behavior. Such behavior includes:
- Talking on the phone
- Adjusting the radio
- Playing music at high volumes
- Talking to passengers
According to Pew Research Center, the percentage of adults who text while driving is nearly the same as the percentage of teens who text and drive.
The end result of auto accidents caused by driver distractions is serious injury, as well as the expense to treat those injuries. Regardless of state laws pertaining to distracted driving, or the absence of those laws, all drivers have certain responsibilities behind the wheel. If you or a loved one has been injured by a careless driver who shirked these responsibilities, you deserve compensation for the expense and harm caused.
If you have been in an auto accident in Orlando, Florida, or the surrounding areas, please contact the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., to schedule a consultation.