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Distracted Driving is Unsafe for Everyone, but Worse for Novice Drivers

Naturally, any activity that takes a driver’s eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, increases the risk of a crash for that driver.

However, a study reported by The New England Journal of Medicine compared the accident risks for newly-licensed drivers versus drivers with an average of 20 years of experience. While the study results showed an increased risk even when experienced drivers dialed cell phones, it also indicated a 300 to 800 percent accident risk when novice drivers engaged in any of the following behaviors:

  • Dialing cell phones
  • Texting
  • Reaching for an object
  • Eating
  • Looking at roadside objects

In spite of New York’s graduated licensing program and even the recent introduction of texting zones and unmarked police vehicles monitoring for texting drivers on our roadways, auto accidents caused by distracted driving continue to occur. Adult drivers can help protect their children by setting good examples even before their children reach driving age. When you get behind the wheel, put your phone away and keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

Make sure your teens truly understand the importance of focusing solely on the road when they get behind the wheel. If you or a loved one suffers injury because another driver chose distractions over safety, seek advice and support from an experienced Long Island personal injury attorney. You deserve fair compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

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