Study: Young adults more likely to text and drive than other age groups

A recent study discovered that young adult drivers were more likely to text behind the wheel of a vehicle than drivers in other age groups.

Although most drivers in New York realize that texting while behind the wheel of a vehicle is hazardous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians, many continue to engage in this activity. However, some age groups are more likely to endanger others by texting and driving than others. In a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, it was confirmed that millennials are more likely to text and drive than other age groups.

Key statistics

This survey involved over 2,500 Americans, and more specifically, it determined that when compared with other age groups, those between the ages of 19 to 24-years-old were more inclined to check their phones for text messages while driving. This survey also discovered that those in this age group are less likely to support legislation aimed at reducing driving distractions, and they are more likely to view texting and driving as a normal activity.

Additionally, researchers found that 88.4 percent of those from the 19 to 24-year-old age group reported that they had engaged in dangerous driving behaviors including not only texting, but speeding and running red lights. Only 79.2 percent of people between the ages of 25 to 39 and 69.3 percent of 16 to 18-year-olds reported the same.

The danger of texting and driving

Any distracting activity, like texting, that takes a driver's sole focus away from the road in front of him or her is dangerous. There are also, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three main types of driver distraction:

  • Manual--This type of distraction occurs when drivers take their hands off of the steering wheel.
  • Cognitive--Drivers who are not fully focused on driving are cognitively distracted.
  • Visual--Those who take their eyes away from the road while their vehicle is in motion become visually distracted.

Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving because it combines manual, cognitive and visual distraction. Texting along with other distracting activities results in over eight fatalities and over 1,161 injuries in the U.S. on a daily basis.

Contact an attorney

Those in New York who are involved in an accident involving a distracted driver may experience physical, emotional and mental harm that renders them unable to live a normal daily life. In this situation, injured drivers should reach out to an attorney in their area for help asserting their right to fair and proper compensation.