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Survey shows dangerous behaviors and risks of an auto accident

Harford County residents should be aware of the dangers of a distracted driver, or a person who is otherwise driving negligently or recklessly. All are factors that can lead to an auto accident. However, when there is research detailing exactly who is the highest risk for these and other dangerous behaviors, it becomes clearer as to how risky it is to go out on the road. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers classified as Millennials are, statistically, the worst drivers on the road.

According to the study, 88.4 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 confessed to taking part in the above-listed dangerous activities when behind the wheel over the month before they were surveyed. This is in comparison to far lower percentages of drivers in different age groups. Slightly more than 2,500 drivers took part in the survey. It found that the number of Millennials who typed text messages or emails while behind the wheel was nearly twice as high as other drivers.

Almost half of the Millennials surveyed stated they went through a red light even though they could have stopped in time. Thirty-six percent of other drivers said the same. Almost 12 percent of Millennials expressed that it was acceptable to go 10 miles per hour beyond the posted speed limit in a school zone. By contrast, five percent of other drivers said the same.

There were more than 35,000 deaths on the road in 2015. This was a rise of seven percent and is the biggest one year rise in more than 50 years. More than 40 percent of drivers admitted to reading a text or email while driving in the previous month. Also, nearly 29 percent admitted to driving while they were so tired that they had trouble keeping their eyes open. Furthermore, more than 35 percent said they went through a red light in the previous month, and two and one-half percent said they drove within one hour of having consumed alcohol and used marijuana in the past year.

When accounting for Millennials' admissions and the other statistics related to all drivers, there is no doubt that catastrophic injuries are often the result of these behaviors. Those who are hurt or have lost a loved one in an auto accident will have financial, personal and emotional costs that can lead to major life changes. Because of that, it is imperative to discuss a potential lawsuit with an attorney who is experienced in seeking compensation after car accidents.

Source: USA Today, "Millennial drivers are highway hazards, survey shows," Bart Jansen, Feb. 15, 2017

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