The disturbing results of a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that more than half of all teen crashes involve driver distraction. A recent Huffington Post article reported on the research. Distracted driving was found to be a factor in 58 percent of teen crashes. Nearly 6 out of every 10 moderate to severe crashes involving teens also involved some type of distraction behind the wheel.
Distractions Behind the Wheel
Perhaps not surprisingly, the most common distractions included interacting with other passengers and cell phone usage. The study analyzed almost 1,700 dashboard camera (dashcam) videos. Researchers observed and recorded the behavior in the moments prior to an accident.
Teen Distracted Driving Research Results
• 6 out of 10 teen crashes involve distracted driving.
• 15 percent of crashes involved drivers interacting with one or more passenger.
• 12 percent of crashes involved using a cell phone.
• 10 percent involved looking at something in the vehicle.
• Teens using cell phones were found to have their eyes on the road for about 4.1 seconds out of the final 6 seconds leading to a crash.
Teen Driver Safety
Although these numbers are significantly higher than previous studies, one thing is for sure. Distracted driving is an epidemic in teen and adult drivers across the country. AAA reports that teen drivers also have the highest crash rate of any driver age group.
5 to Drive
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of tools and resources for parents of teen drivers. Their “5 to Drive” rules are probably the most appropriate set of teen safe driving guidelines given the results of this study.
1. No Cell Phones
2. No Extra Passengers
3. No Speeding
4. No Alcohol
5. Always Buckle Up
Accidents Involving Teen Drivers in California
The aftermath of a car accident can be difficult for anybody to handle. No matter what the cause, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies can be pushy too, so you should have somebody on your side.