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Texting Not the Only Driving Distraction for Teens

A new study finds that texting is not the only distraction teens engage in while behind the wheel. In fact, the findings may surprise you. Teens have been busy while behind the wheel. Twenty-seven percent of teens reported that at some point they changed clothes and shoes while driving, put on make-up, changed contact lenses, and even did their homework. The lead author of the study said the most interesting and disturbing case of distracted driving came from a teen who liked to play the guitar while stuck in traffic.

Teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than drivers 20 years of age and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the driver is not always the one to blame. According to statistics from Impactteendriving.org, 75 percent of teen automobile accidents do not involve drugs or alcohol, but are caused by other factors like loud music and distracting passengers.

Reality TV star, Kendall Jenner recently made headlines for posting an Instagram video of her and a fellow passenger screaming out the words to Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er boy” song while behind the wheel. Jenner, 18 and model friend, Ashley Skye, 23, were screaming back and forth at each other, doing dance moves, all in the middle of heavy traffic. Their behavior came under attack by several teen distracted driving organizations.

Far too often, passengers become an additional distraction for teen drivers. In fact, two-thirds of teen passenger deaths happen in a car driven by another teen. Whether you are passenger or a driver in a vehicle, you play a vital role in keeping yourself and others safe on the road.

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If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident with a distracted driver, you need to contact an experienced Orlando Car Accident Attorney immediately. The damages from a serious car accident are not always covered in a settlement from your insurance company. Many times, the initial settlement offer is barely enough to cover the basic costs associated with your accident. Distracted driving can be difficult to prove in court. Our personal injury attorneys are well equipped and armed with years of legal experience helping people file auto insurance claims. We can help you obtain full compensation for your medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, property damage, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.

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