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Study Rates Young Millennials - Not Teens - As the Worst Behaved Drivers

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California accident lawyer, California personal injury attorneyYoung millennials engage in driving behaviors that lead to accidents more often than any other age group. According to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 88 percent of young millennials admitted to texting and driving, running red lights or speeding in the past 30 days.

Young millennials are those aged 19 to 24 years old. Surprisingly, drivers aged 16 to 18 years old reported engaging in risky driving behaviors less frequently than a number of older age groups.

The study asked drivers of all ages to report speeding, red light running or texting and driving in the past 30 days. Here are the results:

  • Drivers aged 19-24: 88.4 percent;
  • Drivers aged 25-39: 79.2 percent;
  • Drivers aged 40-59: 75.2 percent;
  • Drivers aged 16-18: 69.3 percent;
  • Drivers aged 75+: 69.1 percent; and
  • Drivers aged 60-74: 67.3 percent.

Some young millennials also reported that they did not believe these risky behaviors were unacceptable. For example, almost 14 percent of young millennials said that it was okay to run a red light if it had just turned red, even if they could have safely stopped. By comparison, 6 percent of all drivers told researchers that they thought such driving was acceptable.

Also, almost 12 percent of young millennial drivers think it is acceptable to drive 10 mph over the posted speed limit in a school zone. By comparison, less than 5 percent of all drivers believe this is not a problem.

The study notes that in 2015 traffic accident rose by 7 percent, which is the largest single-year increase in 50 years.

Risky Behavior Puts Everyone on the Road at Risk

The results of this study are troubling. The risky behavior that was self-reported in the study is the same behavior that leads to serious car accidents. If you are a car accident victim, you should be compensated for your injuries if the car accident was caused by another driver breaking the law.

Contact a San Jose, CA Car Accident Attorney

Our law firm has extensive experience in car accident cases. We are knowledgeable about how to prove fault and understand all the types of damages that our clients may be eligible for. The experienced San Jose car crash lawyers at Jachimowicz Law Group are available to meet with you and evaluate your case. Call our firm at 408-246-5500 today.

 

Source:

http://newsroom.aaa.com/2017/02/young-millennials-top-list-worst-behaved-drivers/

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