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Survey shows millennials engage in risky driving

A report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that some of the most dangerous drivers on the roads of Pennsylvania and around the country are between 19- and 24-years old. A survey of a number of age groups found that 88.4 percent of people in this category admitted to texting while driving, speeding or running red lights during the previous month. The survey found that a smaller number, 69.3 percent, of those between the ages of 16 and 18 admitted to the same potentially dangerous behaviors.

The trend of people between the ages of 19 and 24 of engaging in less than safe behaviors carried over into many other aspects of driving. Almost 50 percent of millennials surveyed stated that they had run a red light even though they could have stopped safely, but only about a third of other drivers stated they had done so.

Ten percent of people in the 19- to 24-year old age group were more likely to think it was acceptable to drive 10 miles per hour over the speed limit in a school zone compared to just five percent of other drivers. Further, just shy of 60 percent of millennials stated they sent text messages while driving, but just under a third of other drivers did so.

Car accidents can be very costly for those involved. Even if the accident occurs at a low speed, vehicle repairs can cost thousands of dollars. If the crash takes place at high speed, a vehicle may be totaled. Further, when there are injuries, medical bills can add up quickly. When the crash has been caused by the negligence or recklessness of another driver, an injured victim may want to have legal assistance in seeking appropriate compensation.

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