There’s a new study out showing which age group is more prone to be the worst drivers on the road. Surprise; they’re not teens.
We’ll talk about it in this issue.
What the Study Says
In a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 88% of young millennials (19-24) were found to have taken part in at least one instance of risky behavior behind the wheel over the previous 30 days.
Collectively, young millennials are more likely than drivers of any other age group to:
- Go faster than the speed limit by 10-15 miles per hour
- Run traffic signals when they could have stopped
- Read or send texts while driving
- Be high on marijuana while behind the wheel
How Millennials Stack Up Against Other Groups
While it may be tempting to single one particular age group out, John B. Townsend II of AAA Mid-Atlantic said to The Washington Post, “Before you start pointing the finger, look in the mirror. The study found that the majority of drivers of all ages have also engaged in the same risky behaviors in the last 30 days.”
Here’s how all age groups in the U.S. faired in the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:
|Age Group||Engaged in Speeding, Red Light Running or Texting While Behind the Wheel|
|75 and older||69.1%|
Roadways Are More Dangerous Now
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s Report comes on the heels of news we brought you a couple of months ago of traffic fatalities skyrocketing by more than 10% in 2016.
Data for that story was supplied by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration revealed that it was “seemingly safe and easy-to-navigate rural roads can be much more dangerous” because drivers on them tend to go at higher speeds and are less likely to use their seatbelts.
How You Can Reduce Your Risks of Being in a Traffic Accident
There are a number of proactive efforts you can take that will help to limit your chances of being involved in a traffic accident, including:
- Avoiding cell phone use – even if you have a hands-free device
- Taking breaks during long trips to stay well-rested
- Selecting and relying upon a designated driver who has had no alcohol
- Always making sure everyone – including you and passengers in the back – are wearing seatbelts
If You’re Involved in an Auto Accident, Call The Fitzgerald Law Firm
You have a right to expect and receive compensation if you’re injured in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence.
That’s why we urge you to get in touch with us here at The Fitzgerald Law Firm. The first consultation is always free so call us at 800-323-9900.