Pennsylvania residents might be interested in a new study that surveyed teenagers about their behavior and habits while operating a motor vehicle. Researchers discovered that although teens acknowledged texting behind the wheel to be unsafe, they still engaged in many other activities that could be just as dangerous. According to the survey, 27 percent of the respondents admitted to changing their shoes or clothes while driving their vehicle.
Those same teens also admitted to doing their homework, putting on makeup and changing contact lenses while driving. The study was conducted by transportation engineering personnel at Oregon State University. Researchers did state that the campaigns designed to raise awareness about the dangers seem to be effective. There was actually a decline in the number of teens texting and driving, only 40 percent of the respondents in this study admitted to doing so.
However, researchers contend that toying with the GPS, the radio station or talking on the phone can be just as distracting and dangerous as texting behind the wheel. Regardless of age, distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents in the U.S. Research also suggests that parents play a pivotal role in teenagers adopting safer driving habits. Any activity that detracts the driver's vision from the road can be considered a safety hazard.
Anyone who suffers a car accident injury from a crash caused by a distracted driver may benefit from meeting with a lawyer. Legal counsel may be prepared to investigate the accident and help determine whether any of the parties who caused the wreck can be found culpable on the grounds of driver negligence. Distracted driving, speeding and other traffic violations are often classified as driver negligence. Injured parties may be able to recover monetary restitution to help account for medical bills, repair costs and loss of income.