Distracted Driving Causing Nearly 60% of Teen Accidents

April is distracted driving awareness month. At The Gilbert Law Group®, we want to raise awareness about distracted driving issues to help save lives out on the roadways.

A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently found that in nearly 60% of teen accidents distracted driving was a contributing factor. Although teens aren’t the only drivers out there affected by distracted driving habits, they are the least experienced on the roadway. And the habits they learn now will carry through into adulthood.

Studies have found that distraction comes in many forms, including:

  • Being distracted by a passenger
  • Cell phone usage
  • Engaging in romantic encounters
  • Changing clothes
  • Putting on makeup
  • Brushing or flossing teeth
  • Scratching off lottery tickets

Although some of these seem like benign behaviors, taking your eyes and mind off the road for a second is long enough to cause an accident and alter your life and someone else’s. During distracted driving awareness month, we encourage you to talk to your teen drivers about keeping attention on the road while driving. It’s also a good time to evaluate your own behaviors behind the wheel. Sometimes it can be tempting to check a text, but that text is not worth anyone’s life.

If you or your loved one is suffering from serious injuries sustained in an accident, call the experienced Denver injury attorneys of The Gilbert Law Group at (303) 431-1111 today for your consultation.


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