Distracted driving among teens remains a huge problem in the U.S. even though texting and driving is prohibited in nearly every state. The CDC believes that up to nine people are killed every day on the nation’s roadways because of distracted driving. Out of a study group of more than 101,000 teens, 38 percent admitted to texting and driving, and nearly 56 percent of older teens acknowledged they engage in this dangerous habit.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety confirms that 47 states have put laws into effect that either ban or limit texting and driving. In addition, new drivers in 38 states are forbidden from using a cell phone for any activity while operating a motor vehicle.
Researchers believe distracted driving by teens may accompany other unsafe behaviors such as consuming alcohol or not wearing a seatbelt. They also understand the numbers of teens engaging in cell phone usage in any way while driving may be somewhat higher than reported because teens were only asked about texting and emailing.
Researchers recommend that parents tackle the distracted driving issue by being good role models for their kids and taking more time to educate them about the perils of becoming sidetracked while operating a vehicle. There are also apps available that can block cell phone usage while driving. However, it is possible for teens to find ways around a blocking app.
The statistics relating to motor vehicle accidents are frightening in the U.S. Families who are affected by a distracted driving accident might want to seek the help of a personal injury attorney who understands the laws surrounding the subject. An attorney might help negotiate insurance settlements or bring about a lawsuit if necessary.