The Increase Of Teen Traffic Accidents Directly Linked To Cell Phones
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
A traffic investigation revealed distracted drivers and distracted pedestrians
make the roadways dangerous on Halloween. An increase in the number of
traffic accidents in the U.S. involving teenagers has researchers taking a closer look at
not only distractive driving but distracted walking as well.
Safe Kids Worldwide released a report that found that distracted walking
and distracted driving are two of the biggest threats for students traveling
to school. The report shows a concerning number of traffic accidents for
children and teens are increasing. According to the Safe Kids Worldwide
report, deadly crashes involving teen pedestrians have increased 13 percent
in the last two years in the U.S.
During the study, researchers observed a group of nearly 40 thousand walkers
traveling to and from school. Researchers discovered that it is not just
an increased of drivers hitting walkers, but distracted students not watching
where they are going. Safe Kids Worldwide found a large number of accidents
caused by distracted teens. Among the distraction causing teens to disregard
the rules of the road were wearing headphones, texting, talking and sometimes
doing all three.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, researchers note the increase in teen
traffic accidents also is directly related to the increase in teens who
own phones. Researchers say almost 90 percent of teens own cell phones.
This number is up from 2004 when just 44 percent owned cell phones. This
connection between phones and distraction-related traffic accidents has
resulted in major consequences across the nation. The report notes that
50 percent of distracted teens walking to and from school were wearing
headphones and 33 percent were texting.
Distracted drivers are a danger to Missouri roadways with Missouri having
one of the most lenient traffic laws in the Nation. The traffic accident
attorneys at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC, are committed to helping innocent
victims who have been hurt by a distracted driver.
Contact our law offices to schedule your traffic accident case review.