This study contains some very disturbing findings. What alarmed me the most was how quickly young drivers develop bad driving habits.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) January 19, 2014
Dialing a phone or texting while driving increases the risk of an auto accident, especially among teenage drivers who gradually develop bad driving habits, according to a recent study that alarmed Dallas personal injury lawyer Tom Carse of Carse Law Firm.
Commenting on a report in the Dallas Morning News, “Texting or dialing while driving raises crash risk, study confirms ” (Jan. 2, 2014), Carse said he has handled many serious injury cases involving distracted driving.
“This study contains some very disturbing findings,” Carse said today. “What alarmed me the most was how quickly young drivers develop bad driving habits. And once many drivers fall into these habits, it’s often hard to break them. That’s why this study should concern every driver in Dallas and throughout Texas. Even if you’re doing everything right, all it takes is one small mistake by one careless driver to cause a serious or even fatal car accident.”
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute conducted the study analyzing the driving habits of young drivers and experienced drivers, according to the Morning News. Using a variety of electronic sensors, cameras and other high-tech equipment, the study examined 42 newly licensed drivers 16 to 17 years old and 109 adult drivers with an average of 20 years of experience driving.
The VTTI study found that among young drivers, the risk of an accident or near crash increased by seven times while dialing or reaching for a cellphone and increased by four times while sending or receiving a text message, according to the Morning News. As for older drivers, the activity most likely to increase their risk of being in car crash was dialing a cellphone, the newspaper reported.
But perhaps the most startling finding concerned how quickly young drivers develop bad driving habits. The first 6 months, most young drivers in the study did not engage in any distracted driving activities, according to USA Today, “Teen drivers start cautiously, grow careless with time” (Jan. 1, 2014). That changed after young drivers had been driving 7 months. Between 7 months and 15 months, teenage drivers participating in the study slowly started engaging in distracting activities. Such bad driving habits among young drivers became twice as worse between 16 months and 18 months behind the wheel, USA Today reported.
Texas needs to do more to educate young drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, Carse said.
“The sooner we educate young drivers about the importance of developing safe driving habits, the better,” Carse said. “But we also need to realize that young drivers pick up many of these bad habits from older, more experienced drivers. Texting while driving and engaging in other distracting activities is something many drivers of all ages do. That’s why distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in Dallas and across the country. We know because our office routinely works with victims of such serious accidents. Take a stand against distracted driving. Set a good example for other drivers. Keep your eyes and your attention focused on the road around you.”
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