Distraction-Related Car Accidents in Boca and Elsewhere: A Teen Girl Problem

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently held a one-day forum in Washington D.C. to discuss the dangers associated with distracted driving and the impact on car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere. Safe driving advocates hope that this topic gets a little more attention, and not just a day-long forum, according to Forbes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were more than 3,000 fatalities in 2010 because of distracted driving. That’s 3,000 people that died in completely preventable accidents.

Our Boca Raton accident attorneys understand that everyone engages in distractions behind the wheel. But did you know that teen drivers are more likely to do it than anyone else. It’s the teenage girls who are doing it more than anyone, and it’s also why they have some of the highest risks for accidents. According to a recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, teenage girls engage in most distractions more often than male drivers of the same age.

According to US Health, teen girls apparently love to talk on the phone and text message behind the wheel. As a matter of fact, these devices were the number one cause of distraction for this young age group.

The AAA study installed cameras into the vehicles of 50 families in North Carolina and recorded the driving habits of the teens. It’s apparent that teens don’t always want to pay attention to the road.

“Cellphones, texting, personal grooming, and reaching for things in the car were among the most common distracting activities found when cameras were put in new teen drivers’ cars,” President and CEO Peter Kissinger.

It really is no wonder why car accidents are the number one cause of death for teens in the U.S.

The AAA study also concluded that older teen drivers were more likely to engage in electronic distractions than younger teens. Experts believe that this is because older teens feel more comfortable behind the wheel and feel that they can handle distractions better.

Teen drivers were distracted by electronic devices nearly 10 percent of the time they spent behind the wheel. Other distractions were noted in nearly 20 percent of video clips. These distractions included drinking, adjusting controls, eating and grooming.

“A second may not seem like much, but at 65 mph a car travels the length of a basketball court in a single second,” Peter Kissinger with AAA said.

Parents are urged to stay on top of their teen’s driving habits. Parental intervention may be one of the most beneficial tools in the fight to keep our young drivers safe behind the wheel.