A new study by Consumer Reports found that 94 percent of all drivers regularly report seeing other drivers talking on a cell phone, as distracted drivers continue to increase the risk of Massachusetts car accidents for all motorists.
“Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roads, and teens are especially vulnerable because of their inexperience behind the wheel and, often, peer pressure,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Parent can do their part with help to help educate young drivers:
-Talk to your teen about the responsibility of driving and the dangers of distracted driving.
-Spread the word on to family and friends.
-Make safety rules. Prohibit cell phone calls and texting while driving.
-Put your own cell phone down. Set a good example.
Our Boston personal injury lawyers urge parents to emphasize the importance of driver safety. The Department of Transportation just released the “Distracted Driving Shatters Lives” guide for parents and educators.
Consumer Reports recently surveyed young Boston drivers under the age of 30 about distracted driving habits:
-63 percent admitted to having used a hand-held phone while driving.
-64 percent said they had seen other drivers texting while driving.
-58 percent had seen a dangerous driving situation because of a distracted driver.
-94 percent observed drivers talking on a cell phone while driving.
In 2009, more than 5,000 people in the United States were killed and nearly 500,000 were injured because of distracted driving. “Behind the statistics are real families who have been devastated by these tragedies,” Secretary LaHood said.
Educating young drivers can make a positive impact of the roadway safety:
-30 percent now feel it’s dangerous to use a hand-help phone while driving.
-78 percent have reduced or stopped distracted-driving related behaviors, over half of those because of distracted driving awareness.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver, contact Boston car accident lawyers at The Law Office of Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333 or contact us through the website.