A study just released by researchers from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York claims that the number of teenagers killed in texting while driving accidents now surpasses that of teens killed in alcohol-related accidents.
Researchers crunched the numbers and estimated that texting while driving accounts for 3,000 teen deaths and 300,000 injuries annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 2,700 teens died and 282,000 are injured in alcohol-related crashes each year.
A survey of 8,947 teenagers ages 15-18 revealed that an astounding 49 percent of teen boys had admitted that they had texted while driving and 45 percent of girls claimed they also participated in the practice.
And while one might assume that the practice might diminish as teens get older, the data showed the practice became even more prevalent as teens aged. While 24 percent of 15 year old teenagers admitted to texting while driving, a staggering 58 percent of 18-year-olds admitted to tapping out text messages while behind the wheel.
The lead author of the study told Newsday that he sees teen texting and driving as the same as other high-risk teen behaviors, such as driving under the influence of alcohol; drug and tobacco use; and unsafe sex.
In some ways, the lead author sees texting and driving as even more insidious than drinking and driving because it is so pervasive. “We have very strong taboos against drinking and driving. Kids don’t drink and drive everyday. But some kids are out there texting and driving seven days a week – and they admit it,” he said
Frighteningly, based on the survey answers, the study suggests that laws banning texting while driving have little effect on behavior. In fact, another recently released study found that one-third of adults 30-64 admitted to texting while driving.
Distracted drivers, whether they are teenagers or adults, present a clear and present danger on Florida’s roads and highways. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact the personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville. Our experienced attorneys can review your case and explain your legal options. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online today.