Study: Drivers believe distracted driving is a significant issue

A new survey revealed that the majority of drivers believe distracted driving is a growing problem on the roads today.

Distracted driving is a serious problem on roads throughout the country. In 2016 alone, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving accidents took the lives of 3,450 people.

When asked, drivers consider it a growing problem. A study recently released by AAA found that nine out of 10 drivers think driver distraction is an increasing danger.

A rising problem

The 2017 Traffic Safety Index concluded that drivers are more concerned about distracted driving than:

  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Traffic congestion

While federal estimates indicate that car accidents caused by distraction recently declined by about two percent, this may be because those accidents are significantly underreported.

One AAA study discovered that distraction could be a factor in up to 58 percent of all car accidents. At this point, federal estimates conclude that distraction plays a role in approximately 14 percent of collisions.

Targeting the younger generation

While drivers of all ages may be guilty of driving distracted, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found those under the age of 20 have the highest rate of distraction-related fatal accidents. For this reason, teenagers and their parents should be vigilant about preventing distraction behind the wheel.

To start, teenagers should encourage their friends to avoid distracting activities while behind the wheel. Some parents require a signed pledge by their child stating they will avoid distracting activities whenever possible. Parents must remember to lead by example and refrain from distracting activities when they drive, especially when their children are present.

Speak with an attorney

Those who are involved in a distracted driving collision in West Virginia may suffer from significant emotional, physical and financial injuries. If so, they should reach out to an attorney in their area to protect their legal rights and obtain fair compensation.