As more and more cars continue to populate US roads and highways every year, the influx of information on the necessity that drivers should be totally focused on the road while driving becomes more vital. Drivers know very well that even a couple of seconds of distraction can spell danger; a mistake that may result to property damage, bodily injury or death.
Besides medical malpractice and abuse of, or too much dependence on, prescription drugs, car crashes are included in the list of the major causes of deaths, especially of teens, in the US. Of the more than five million accidents occurring each year, no less than 35,000 result to someone’s death, while more than two million end up in injuries.
The Most Likely Causes and Victims of Car Accidents
Different studies only confirm the findings of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which says that a greater percentage of road mishaps are due to teens more than adult drivers, who are more mature and, probably, more experienced on the road. This maturity and experience are shown in the fact that a much lesser number of adult drivers are involved in drunken driving, speeding, violation of traffic rules (such as making illegal turns, running red lights, etc.) and distracted driving.
According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, distracted driving, which is veering one’s attention to something else while behind the wheel, is a growing concern among teenage drivers. Though all drivers are probably guilty of being distracted once upon a time in their driving career, distractions are more frequent among the young, many of whom tend to underestimate and fail to recognize dangerous road situations.
Most common forms of driver distraction
While the use of cell phone (whether hands-free or hand-held) definitely increases the risk of a crash, this only make up a lower percentage of the total number of driving distraction-related accidents involving teens and other drivers. The greater number of accidents is either due to other in-vehicle or external sources, including: adjusting a car radio, a compact disc player or a GPS device; using a laptop; talking or arguing with a car passenger; assisting a child; being distracted by a child or a pet; reaching for an object; lighting a cigarette, grooming; one’s attention being caught by a moving object outside of the car, and so forth.
Parents making sure that their teenage son or daughter is trained in a good driving school or is well-supervised until he/she shows focus and maturity behind the wheel will definitely never hurt. Though one may be very familiar with the road he/she is driving on, a moment of distraction can change safe driving to an injurious or fatal one.