A disturbing new study released recently by AAA Traffic Safety Foundation should be cause for concern for every Atlanta motorist. The study shows young adult drivers ages 19 to 24 do not take driving dangers seriously. In fact, motorists in this demographic group tend to engage in high risk behaviors behind the wheel and many of these young motorists find dangerous driving behaviors to be acceptable.
When young adult drivers engage in high-risk behavior, they put every motorist who is on the road with them at risk of being hurt or killed. If a young adult driver causes an accident to happen, victims need to know how to pursue a claim to get compensation from this irresponsible motorist who hurt them. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can help victims or their families to take appropriate legal action in a wrongful death claim.
Atlanta Accident Risks are Greater Due to Irresponsible Young Adult Drivers
According to the recent study conducted by AAA Traffic Safety Foundation, drivers of all age groups were surveyed to determine which motorists had recently engaged in high-risk behaviors including speeding, texting and driving, and going through a traffic light which had turned red recently.
While many people assume the youngest drivers, ages 16 to 18, would be the riskiest drivers, this age group was actually the second least likely group to admit to doing things like texting, speeding, and running a red light. A total of 69.3 percent of drivers between the ages of 16 and 18 admitted to these behaviors. Among seniors ages 60 to 74, 67.3 percent admitted to doing these dangerous things while driving. Drivers between the ages of 19 and 24, on the other hand, were far more likely to admit to texting, speeding, and going through a traffic light. In total, 88.4 percent of drivers ages 19 to 24 said they’d done these things over the past year.
When asked about reading a text or email, drivers ages 19 to 24 were 1.6 times as likely to say they’d read these types of communications, compared with all drivers. When asked about writing a text or email, drivers 19 to 24 were twice as likely to have done this as all drivers. When asked about exceeding the speed limit in a residential area by at least 10 MPH, drivers 19 to 24 were 1.4 times as likely to have done this. When asked about running a red light, 50 percent of drivers ages 19 to 24 had done this, compared with 36 percent of other drivers.
Not only were young drivers more likely to do these things, but they were also more likely to think that these dangerous driving behaviors were perfectly acceptable. Although only six percent of all drivers said running a red light was a safe thing to do if the light had just turned red, a total of 14 percent of drivers ages 19 to 24 thought that this was safe. And while only five percent of all drivers thought speeding was OK, 12 percent of drivers ages 19 to 24 indicated they found it acceptable to exceed speed limits in residential areas by at least 10 MPH.
As long as young adult drivers continue to find dangerous driving behaviors to be OK, they are likely to continue to do these risky things behind the wheel that cause crashes. Victims hurt by these behaviors should get legal help to protect their rights.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after a collision. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.