Teen Motorists and the Risks of Distracted Driving

by | April 22nd, 2013

April 22, 2013

Teen drivers are most at risk of harm from Distracted Driving, and researchers are now working to determine what factors may contribute to this risk.

One of the most provocative factors currently being examined is the number of passengers a teen driver has in the vehicle and the effects this number has on distracted driving. One recent study showed the risks of being in a distracted driving accident grew exponentially with the number of passengers, but new information has shown the contrary.

A story from ABC 7 News explained researchers have shown teens may be more prone to the dangers of distracted driving when they are alone, as compared to when others are in the vehicle with them. This phenomenon was attributed to teen drivers being able to ask for assistance with operating an electronic device when another person is with them.

The mixed results leave many believing teen drivers are in serious danger either way. This leaves many parents wondering what they can do to ensure their child’s safety behind the wheel.

The Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices point out there are several applications that can be downloaded to a teen’s phone that disable the ability to send or receive calls and texts when in a moving vehicle. The firm also suggests having an honest conversation about these risks with your teen driver.