During National Distracted Driving Awareness Month (April), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be raising awareness about the dangers and costs associated with texting and driving and other types of distracted driving behaviors. Teens are one of the most at-risk age groups for engaging in texting and driving. Distracted driving is dangerous for any age group, but teens appear to be especially susceptible to engaging in texting and other cell phone distractions behind the wheel.

Teen Distracted Driving Data

  • In 2016, 339 people died in crashes involving distracted teen drivers.
  • 262 teens were killed in distraction-affected crashes in 2016.
  • In 2016, 303 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash.
  • Eight percent of all distracted-driving fatalities in 2016 were teens.
  • 10 percent of all teen motor vehicle crash fatalities in 2016 involved distracted driving.
  • 51 percent of the people killed in teen distracted-affected crashes were teens in 2016.

Phones Aren’t The Only Distraction Behind The Wheel

It’s important to note that texting and cell phone usage aren’t the only types of distraction behind the wheel. For teens, even having additional peer passengers can be a dangerous distraction. Parents are encouraged to talk to their teen drivers about a wide variety of distractions behind the wheel. Texting, peer passengers, eating, grooming behaviors and even messing with the stereo can all be dangerous distractions for teen drivers and drivers of other age groups.

Accidents Involving Distracted Teen Drivers

At this time, data associated with distracted driving is considered to be fairly conservative. Not all cases of distracted driving are immediately apparent. If you suspect distracted driving could have been a factor in a crash you were injured in, you need to let your personal injury lawyer know immediately. It may take additional investigative efforts to determine if somebody was distracted at the time of the crash.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a distracted teen driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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