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Reckless drivers often don’t change their behavior after a crash

| Dec 15, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently published new findings on reckless drivers. Among the many statistics, it found that a driver involved in a crash in the last two years are significantly more likely to exhibit risky behaviors behind the wheel. Examples listed included speeding and texting while driving. Strangely, they don’t seem to change their behavior even they think that law enforcement might catch them.

“The frequency of drivers in the United States engaging in improper behavior is too high,” said Dr. David Yang, Executive Director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “We need to be aware of the serious consequences of engaging in these types of dangerous driving behavior and change course.”

The findings included:

  • 50% of those involved in a crash admitted to using their hands when talking on the phone while driving; 42% not involved in a crash admitted to the same behavior.
  • 43% of drivers in a recent crash admitted to texting while driving in the past month; 27% not involved in a crash admitted to the same behavior.
  • 39% of drivers in a recent crash admit to running a red light in the past month; 30% not in a crash admitted to the same behavior.

Drivers can choose to change their behavior

The study also provided several helpful tips for safer driving. The most important point was drivers putting their devices away while they are behind the wheel. A second option is Apple’s Do Not Disturb or turning the device to plane more. Another simple solution was slowing down – a 5 MPH slower speed makes little difference unless traveling long distances. Other simple tips included not driving while intoxicated or tired and always buckle up.

Stay away from reckless drivers

Reckless drivers are often easy to see on the roads. Careful drivers should try to stay away from them, but sometimes they still become victims of other drivers’ negligence. If this is the case, the injured should notify the police and seek medical treatment if necessary. If the injuries are severe, they might need to take legal action.