BUFFALO, N.Y. – You’ve probably been taught that driving is a task that requires 100-percent of your concentration. Anything less and you can risk getting in a serious accident. Unfortunately, very few people abide by this unwritten rule.
From texting and driving to driving drunk, new figures show that 87-percent of all drivers have admitted to risky behaviors while behind the wheel. The study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers are constantly distracted by technology, the lack of sleep or drugs and alcohol.
A Buffalo car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says this latest information should be a wake-up call for everyone.
“It’s concerning that so many people will admit to such risky behaviors because one in three drivers know someone who has been seriously hurt or killed in a car crash,” Buffalo car accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “These drivers likely know what they’re doing is dangerous but they do it anyway.”
AAA broke down the study into different categories researchers considered to be “unsafe behaviors.”
Distracted Driving, Drowsy Driving, Impaired Driving, Red-Light Running, Seat Belt Use, and Speeding.
According to the study which polled nearly 2,500 licensed drivers, most vehicle operators view distracted driving as a bigger problem today than it was just three years ago. Still, more than 2 in 5 drivers admitted to reading a text message or an email while driving in the past 30 days.
Nearly 70 percent of the drivers polled reported talking on a cell phone while driving.
“Distracted driving is a factor in most car crashes,” Barnes said. “Sadly, millions of people are injured each year because a negligent driver couldn’t wait to read a text message.”
Despite a new emphasis on preventing distracted driving, impaired driving was found to be prevalent as well. More than 1 in 8 drivers admitted to getting behind the wheel when their alcohol level may have been near or above the legal limit.
Alcohol-fueled crashes cost the country more than $50 billion each year.
Buffalo car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes hope the new research influences drivers to cut their risky behaviors while behind the wheel. Not only could it save you money and the headaches of any potential legal action; it could also save your life.