Parents Be Mindful: Study Shows Young Girls More Likely to Be Distracted While Driving

April 6, 2012,

A recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Safety focused on the driving habits of newly licensed, unsupervised drivers. The controversial study has found an alarming discrepancy between the sexes when it comes to distracted driving. According to AAA study, newly licensed girls are twice as likely as boys to take their attention off the road to use their cellphone or engage in other distracting activities. What can we, as a community, do to protect our young people and their fellow motorists from the dangers of inattentive driving? 683316_mobile_communications.jpg

As a personal injury attorney in an era that is increasingly driven by the popularity and prevalence of technology and, specifically, cell phone use, I am well aware of the dangers associated with motorists who operate their vehicles while using mobile devices. The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it is encouraging all states to adopt a ban on the use of cell phones while driving. California has already adopted this ban. Banning the use of all types of mobile devices by drivers seems like a wise idea in that it would remove the temptation of those technology-era teenagers, especially young girls, to retreat to their old finger-dialing habits. Further, this may be an important time to take action, especially given the findings of a recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA found that, despite the fact that almost all of the states have enacted laws prohibiting cell phone usage while driving, texting while driving has actually increased by 50% in the past year. As of 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that approximately 5,500 people died and half a million were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver. To think that the number of people texting while driving has since increased is shocking.

Given the frequency of new stories about drivers distracted by cell phone usage being involved in car accidents, it does not seem as though these numbers will decline in the near future. And, most unfortunately, drivers do not appear to be responding to the new laws put in place. So, how can you protect yourself and your loved ones if they are involved in such an accident?

One of the most important things you do is contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Injuries resulting from these types of car accidents can be catastrophic and very expensive. And oftentimes, there is a liable party that should be held responsible. If you, or someone you know, has been injured in a car accident, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Cohn & Swartzon. When victims sustain injuries or fatalities occur, the costs from current and future medical bills, current and future wage losses, and other accident-related expenses can add up quickly. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we at Cohn & Swartzon are dedicated to helping you obtain compensation for these losses. Don't let an insufficient settlement leave your family with an impossible financial burden. Contact us for a free consultation today.

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