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AAA Study Records Distracted Teen Drivers Moments Before Crashes

By: Allan M. Siegel

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is drawing national attention to distracted driving among US teens. The study - released just in time for April's Distracted Driving Awareness Month - shows video recordings of distracted teens moments before they are involved in car accidents.

Here are a few details about the study:

  • Researchers compiled and analyzed over 6,000 videos from cameras installed in vehicles driven by teens. These videos provided researchers with a view of drivers and a view of outside roadway conditions from over 1,700 teenage car accidents.
  • The Foundation determined that distraction played a role in close to 60 percent of moderate to severe auto accidents. This is roughly 4 times the rate previously suggested by police reports.
  • According to researchers, distractions ranged from adjusting radios and selecting music to text messaging, talking on cellphones, and personal grooming. The most common form of distraction was talking to passengers in the vehicle.

Researchers are using the study to remind teens and parents about the dangers of distracted driving - which accounts for thousands of preventable injuries and deaths each year. Thanks to a video compilation showing teens being involved in distraction-affected crashes, the study has gained national attention.

Watch the video below to see recordings from the study:

At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. we have worked with many victims and families whose lives were changed by the negligence of distracted drivers. We would like to remind everyone about the importance of avoiding distractions when behind the wheel.

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