According to a recent study a majority of high school age drivers regularly text while driving. The study, which is the first from the federal level, confirms what we parents are all too well aware of, that teen drivers are dangerous. The study supports the Secretary of Transportation’s’ comments concerning the “national epidemic” of smart-phone use while driving.
Those findings are part of the reason for the Department of Transportation’s upcoming programs in various states to educate young drivers about distracted driving as a frequent cause of deadly car accidents. Wrongful deaths from car accidents caused by distracted drivers account for almost sixteen percent of all teenage car accident deaths.
The study did have some surprisingly good news, that a greater number of teenage drivers are wearing their seat-belts than ever before. And, a greater number of teenage drivers indicate that they have not driven impaired or rode with an impaired driver.
As personal injury attorneys in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches, we continue to be amazed that Florida is not one of the 39 states that prohibit texting while driving.