A recent study found a link between the likelihood of a driver engaging in distracted driving behaviors and additional occupants in the car. The study, done by AT&T, looked at the risks associated with distracted driving behaviors and additional occupants in the vehicle. AT&T found that people are less likely to engage in distracted behaviors behind the wheel when there are people in the car for whom they feel responsible for, especially when transporting children. It’s possible that the risk for distracted behaviors is twice as likely when the driver is the only occupant in the vehicle.
AT&T’s Distracted Driving Study
The study found that 64 percent of drivers admitted to engaging in distractions like checking their phone while driving alone. Only 36 percent of drivers reported engaging in distracted driving behaviors when somebody else was in their vehicle, and that number goes to 30 percent if the additional occupant is a child. Along with the result of this study, AT&T also released a powerful public safety advertising campaign about the Unseen Dangers of Distracted Driving. AT&T is hoping to raise awareness about the risks associated with distracted driving through their It Can Wait safety campaign this fall.
For Teen Drivers, Peer Passengers Still a Problem
It’s also important to point out that in some situations, passengers can serve as pretty powerful distractions. For new teen drivers especially, peer passengers can be a huge distraction and can seriously increase the likelihood of a wreck. With each additional peer passenger in the car, the risk of getting into a crash for teen drivers goes up greatly.
Distracted Driving Accidents in San Diego
In some cases, it can take additional investigative efforts to determine if a driver was distracted at the time of the crash. If you suspect distracted driving played a part in your accident, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case immediately. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.