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Car Accident Data Sends Important Message to North Carolina Teens

CDC Study Linking Young Drivers and Car Accident Deaths Important Warning to North Carolina Teen Drivers to Avoid Texting While Driving

Text&Drive_07032014An in-depth study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that many young adult and teenage drivers pose a risk to themselves, their passengers and other drivers due to their inexperience behind the wheel. The results of the study, which appeared in a July 2012 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, showed that, in 2009, drivers age 15 to 24 made up nearly a quarter of the 34,485 motor vehicle deaths among U.S. residents. That translates to more than 7,500 young people who died unnecessarily in car wrecks.

The North Carolina car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin see these numbers as confirmation that young drivers, particularly new, easily distracted drivers, are more likely to get into accidents than more experienced drivers. Though many young people are good drivers, there are several reasons for such a high rate of new driver car accident deaths, including young people getting behind the wheel after a party and driving drunk or teens texting while driving or making cell phone calls on the road. Regardless of what reduces a new driver's ability to avoid a serious car crash, traffic wrecks such as teen rear-end collisions and young adult high-speed crashes are the tragedies that translate into statistics such as those represented by this CDC study.

In cities like Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville, North Carolina car accident fatalities involving young drivers can be due to inexperience with urban traffic and rules of the road. On busy highways like I-95, I-85 or I-40, 18-wheelers can be intimidating to teen drivers who aren't used to them. In rural areas, there are other reasons for new driver car accidents. They may approach a blind curve or a poorly lit intersection.

The North Carolina Graduated Driving License Program helps prevent at least some teen driver car crashes. The program requires that young drivers go through two phases of driving restrictions. Distracted driving, however, is a continual risk for inexperienced drivers, regardless of teen license restrictions, because of the temptation to text, make cellphone calls or use a GPS unit while driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the US Government's Website for Distracted Driving, our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are at the greatest risk, with 16% of all distracted driving crashes involving teenage drivers 19 years old and younger. The site also states that sending or reading a text takes young drivers' eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds, which, at 55 mph, is the same as driving the length of an entire football field with a blindfold on.

The experienced personal injury attorneys at the North Carolina Law Offices of James Scott Farrin know distracted driving is the cause of a large percentage of North Carolina car wreck injuries and car crash fatalities. If you or someone you love suffered injuries after being hit by a distracted driver, call us at 1-866-900-7078 or complete our online contact form today.

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Texting and Other Distracted Driving May be Possible Factor in Increase in Traffic Fatalities, Data Shows

Last month, it was reported that the number of traffic fatalities had increased 13.5 percent in the first three months of the year over the first three months of last year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Automobile Association (AAA) both suggested that warmer-than average winter weather may have contributed to more people driving, increasing the number of accidents.

However, data from the NHTSA during the same time period also showed that distracted driving became more of a factor in accidents during that time, and a new study from Ohio State University reported on the dangers of texting while driving.

In the last several years, the number of accidents caused by distracted driving has risen significantly. According to the NHTSA, distracted driving rose from being a factor in only 10 percent of crashes in 2005 to 18 percent in 2010.

Some officials believe that distracted driving and texting may be a bigger factor in the rise in traffic fatalities than the warmer weather encouraging more people to be on the roads. Preliminary data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) showed that there was only a 1.4 percent increase in miles traveled for the first three months of 2012.

Distracted Driving_07222014Research shows that not only are more people getting in wrecks as a result of distracted driving, but that many people are overconfident in their abilities to multitask while driving, perhaps contributing to the increase in accidents.

"What is surprising is that our results also suggest that people may perceive that texting is not more dangerous - they may think they can do a good job at two visual tasks at one time," said Zheng Wang, a lead author of the study at Ohio State University.

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If you have been injured in an accident - whether it was the result of distracted driving or not - you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 to get a free evaluation of your case and find out if one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers may be able to help you!

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