Electronic Devices Capture Attention of North Carolina Teen Drivers

Distractions while driving are numerous. Eating, drinking, talking to passengers, changing the radio station or picking something up from the floor have all been reported as reasons for car accidents. Today's teens are even more likely to drive while distracted due to electronic devices. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that electronic devices such as cellphones are the number one distraction for North Carolina teen drivers today.

North Carolina Teen Driver Distraction Study

Researchers who conducted the study captured 25,000 clips of 52 North Carolina teen drivers. Out of the 25,000 captured clips, roughly 7,500 were analyzed. Generally, the teens in the clips range from age 16 to 18, with 63 percent of the drivers being 16-years-old. The teens were tracked for a six month period.

Researchers found that nearly 7 percent of all the clips show teens driving while using some type of electronic device. The study also concluded that teenage girls also tend to be more likely to drive while talking or texting on a cellphone. In addition, teenagers are also much more likely to take their eyes off the road due to electronic distractions, according to the study.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for America's teenagers. Distracted driving is believed to be a contributing factor to many of these accidents. Researchers also point to the fact that teen drivers lack experience behind the wheel. Further, the area of the brain that controls decision making and risk management is not fully developed in teens. Perhaps in part due to these reasons, teens are four times more likely to be killed in a car accident.

Electronic devices were not the sole items found to contribute to teen car accidents however. When teen drivers had peers in the vehicle and were engaged in loud conversations or horseplay, researchers found they were six times more likely to experience a hard brake or strong g-force incident.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted or negligent driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney for an assessment of your legal options.