Millennials Considered Most Dangerous Drivers on Roads in Florida
According to information in a recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the most dangerous group of drivers on Florida’s roadways is millennials. While it isn’t a huge surprise, the reason many of these 19 to 24-year old drivers cause such a large number of accidents is because they are regularly texting and distracted in other ways while behind the wheel.
Additionally, many feel as though speeding is acceptable and run red lights regularly. Surprisingly, millennials are considered more dangerous and willing to take more risks while behind the wheel than even the newest drivers between the ages of 16 and 18.
The Concerning Statistics
When you take a close look at the statistics, they are even more alarming. According to the AAA study, approximately 60 percent of all Millennial drivers have admitted to sending an email or text while behind the wheel. The admitted rate is almost two times higher than all other age groups. Additionally, virtually 50 percent of millennials have admitted to running a red light, when they could have easily stopped, which is 25 percent higher than all other age groups.
A large percentage of millennials have also admitted to driving more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limits posted in school zones, which is something that endangers children and demonstrates a disregard of the most costly traffic tickets. The millennials represent a large group of drivers that are willing to take unnecessary risks, which increases the potential of a deadly accident occurring. Considering that car wreck-related deaths increased by over seven percent in the past 12 months, this level of recklessness is quite concerning.
Frustrating Driving Facts
One of the most frustrating parts of AAA’s study was the fact that most drivers agree that distracted and aggressive driving are not acceptable behaviors; however, they actively engage in this type of reckless behavior. In fact, approximately 80 percent of motorists feel as though texting and driving are completely unacceptable, while over 40 percent of those drivers admit having sent a text while behind the wheel in the past 30 days.
There was a similar consensus regarding drivers who got behind the wheel while they were sleepy, with 80 percent of those in the study referring to the behavior as being unacceptable. However, 30 percent of those same drivers admitted to driving and having issues staying awake in the past month.
How to Handle an Accident
If you are involved in a car accident with a millennial driver, or anyone else, the best thing you can do is contact a personal injury attorney in Florida. They will be able to review the facts of your case and help you file a claim to receive compensation for the injuries and damages you sustained.
If you have been involved in an accident, contact the personal injury attorneys from Leifer & Ramirez by calling 561-660-9421. They can ensure you get the representation that you need and deserve on your side.