Are the Rumors True? Are Millennials the Worst Drivers in the Nation?
If you ask many in the older generations, millennials are the worst drivers in the world and post the biggest safety risk of anyone. But is this true? According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, it may indeed be true. The study found that people between the ages of 19 and 24 were more likely to engage in risking behaviors while driving. Many of those risky behaviors involved using technology.
Many studies have shown that using certain types of technology while driving, including phones and tablets, are indeed extremely unsafe when driving. Read on to get more of the details on this study and then reach out to Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you’ve been injured in a car accident.
Results of the study
The researchers in this study talked to more than 2,500 licensed drivers that were at least 16 years old. They asked them questions about behaviors that are known to be risky while driving. 88% of the drivers between 19 and 24 said that within 30 days of the survey, they’d engaged in at least one of the risky behaviors. These included things like using their phones while driving, speeding, running red lights, and driving while impaired.
In fact, drivers in this age group were 1.6x more likely to read a text while driving compared to any other age group. More than 66% of drivers between 19 and 24 said they did so regularly. The younger millennials were about twice as likely to send texts while driving to – nearly 60% admitted that they’d done so at least once in the last month.
Attitudes are important too
Not only did the millennials engage in risky behavior more often, but many of them didn’t think they were risky. About 12% of drivers in the above discussed age group thought that it was fine to drive 10 miles over the speed limit in school zones. They were about 1.5x more likely to have driven ten miles over the speed limit compared to others. About half of them said that they’d run a red light in the last month, even in situations where they could have safely stopped. 14% thought doing so was fine.
If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence then you are owed compensation
Have you been involved in a car accident in which a millennial wasn’t driving safely? If you suffered any type of injury, from a broken bone to a spinal injury, then it’s time to reach out to a personal injury attorney. You could be eligible for damages to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other issues.
The best way to find out if you have a case is to reach out to Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707. We will start with a free case evaluation in which we’ll consider the facts and let you know what your options are. If we decide to work together and move forward, we will take your case on a contingency basis. What does this mean for you? It means you won’t owe us a penny unless we recover damages for you.