Teen Distracted Driving: A Dangerous Epidemic

If you’re driving on any road in the Houston area and see the driver next to you on his phone, it’s only natural for you to become concerned. Your anxiety level will likely become even higher if that motorist happens to be a teenager.

Unfortunately, teen drivers are the most inexperienced and most likely to drive while distracted, which is a dangerous combination. According to Consumer Reports, an estimated 421,000 drivers were injured in distracted driving accidents in 2012 and more than 3,300 were killed.

The Real Danger on the Road

Although anyone can be tempted to text or use their phone while driving, it seems that teenagers are more likely to give in. Oftentimes, it’s the desire to place a pressing post on a social media site or sending a text that can’t seem to wait that gets our young people in trouble and endangers others on the road. Consider the following statistics:

  • About 13 percent of drivers aged 18 to 20 who were involved in car wrecks admit to using their phones at the time of the crash.
  • Approximately 83 percent of American teens aged 16 or 17 own cell phones.
  • Of these, 52 percent say they have talked on their phones will driving, and 34 percent say they have texted while driving.
  • About 77 percent of young adults are confident that they can safely text while driving, and 55 percent claim that texting while driving is easy.
  • Teens who text while driving spend about 10 percent of their driving time outside the road lane.

Were You Injured by a Distracted Driver?

Not only is getting into an accident at the hands of a distracted driver frustrating, it’s costly, too. Medical bills and vehicle repairs can quickly add up. If you’d like to learn how you may be eligible to receive compensation for these fees, contact attorney Steve Lee.

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