A recent survey by AAA finds that while adults of all ages admit to unsafe driving behaviors, millennials between the ages of 19 and 24 are more dangerous on the road than other age groups. Car accidents are caused by these unsafe behaviors every day in Louisiana and all across the country.
The survey questioned approximately 2,500 drivers over the age of 16 on common risky driving behaviors such as texting and driving, speeding, running red lights, and drunk driving. Many millennials report that using a cell phone while driving is common amongst those in their age group. Almost 90 percent of millennials in the 19 to 24 age group admitted to texting and driving. Over 75 percent of drivers in the 25 to 29 age group also admit to this behavior.
Researchers noted one general observation regarding unsafe driving. They found that while nearly all drivers know that these behaviors are dangerous and that no one should engage in them, they often engage in the behaviors themselves. Some of these drivers likely believe that car crashes resulting from these behaviors could never happen to them.
The reality, however, is that a large number of accidents are caused by distracted driving, drunk driving, and other forms of negligence behind the wheel. If your accident was caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to file a claim against them for negligence. If you can prove that they were negligent and that they caused your injuries, you may recover damages to help with your medical bills and other accident-related expenses.
Source: WTSP, “Millennials aged 19-24 deemed worst drivers by AAA,” Garin Flowers, Feb. 19, 2017