Distracted driving makes the news in San Jose regularly for its devastating
effects: it can cause serious car accidents and even claim lives. Teens
are often cited as the worst distracted-driving culprits, because texting
is a second-nature method of communicating for many of them. However,
a recent study shows that teens learn their distracted-driving habits
from their parents, making adults a key force in preventing serious accidents.
According to one study by telecommunications company AT&T, 77 percent
of teens said that a major force in their decision to text and drive was
that they saw adults do it “all the time,” even when adults
told kids not to do it. Over half of adults polled in a Pew Research report
said that they text or check email while driving and that they are just
as likely as teenagers to do so.
Teens who see their parents model certain safety habits while driving are
likely to fall into those same habits themselves, for better or worse,
according to some studies. For instance, teens whose parents regularly
buckle up and who tell their passengers to buckle up are more likely to
require seat belt use when they begin driving. Likewise, teens whose parents
avoid texting or cell phone use while driving are more likely not to take
up the practice themselves.
Young drivers are at a higher risk of injury due to their inexperience
behind the wheel, especially in a sudden emergency. If you or someone
you love has been injured in a car accident, the skilled
San Jose distracted driving accident attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help. Call us today at (800) 900-0863
for a free and confidential case evaluation.