Why does a recent study call summer the “100 deadliest days” on American roads? With the end of the school year, millions of teen drivers have free time to hang out, text their friends, talk on their cell phones and drive around. Unfortunately, these activities often take place at the same time! On roads in Texas and throughout the country, this influx of young (and often distracted) drivers leads to a marked increase in traffic accidents.
The study, conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, pinpoints the three most dangerous distracted behaviors that lead teens to cause car accidents:
- Talking or attending to other passengers in the vehicle (15 percent of accidents)
- Talking on a cell phone, texting and using other apps (12 percent of accidents)
- Attending to or looking at something inside the vehicle (11 percent of accidents)
Of course, teens are not the only careless drivers out there. We should all be on the lookout for dangerous driving behavior anywhere and by anyone. Together, we can make roads in Texas and throughout America safer by avoiding distracted driving and other dangerous behavior.
When an injury strikes, victims must protect their rights. If you or someone close to you has been injured by a careless driver, don’t hesitate to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer. Your compensation may depend upon it.