Study Finds Teen Drivers Who Use Phones While Driving May Exhibit Other Dangerous Driving Habits

Earlier this month, a new report was released regarding the dangerous driving habits of teens who use cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. The study, commissioned by State Farm, reported that teens who admit to driving while using a smartphone are more likely to also engage in other dangerous driving habits, such as driving under the influence, speeding, and failing to wear a seatbelt. According to an industry news source discussing the new report, more than 80% of interviewed teens admit to using their phones while behind the wheel.

The study looked at a group of about 1,000 teens aged 16 to 19 years old, and it relied on the teens to self-report their driving habits. The study yielded other interesting statistics. For instance, teens who have been involved in a recent accident were three times more likely to admit to using their cellphones while driving. Additionally, these teens are not just talking and texting on their phones. Many teens reported that they would watch videos, browse the internet, or play games while driving.

Most teens explained that they knew using a phone while behind the wheel was dangerous, but they claimed that it was a “habit” and that they wanted to keep in touch with their friends. In most cases, teens who did admit to using their phones while driving told researchers that their parents also occasionally used their phones while driving. The study claims that teens model their driving habits after parents and that parents have an obligation to practice safe driving in front of their children.

Interestingly, several factors play into teens’ decisions to use their phones while behind the wheel. For instance, teens who thought phone use while driving was illegal were less inclined to engage in the dangerous behavior, regardless of what the laws actually were in their state. Also, teens who used a family vehicle were less likely to use their phone while driving than teens who were given a vehicle for their own primary use.

Inexperienced Drivers on Maryland Roads

Maryland lawmakers have taken significant steps to protect motorists from inexperienced drivers, including passing laws that restrict the rights of new drivers. New drivers under the age of 21 are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving, while older drivers can use them in some circumstances. However, it is never permitted to text while driving in Maryland. In addition, Maryland requires new drivers to obtain their licenses through a graduated system, progressing from a learner’s permit to a restricted license and finally to a regular license.

Have You Been Injured by an Inexperienced Driver?

If you or a loved one has recently been injured by a young or inexperienced driver in a Maryland car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. New drivers are often subject to certain restrictions, and a driver’s failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute negligence. To learn more about negligent driving laws in Maryland, and to discuss your case with an experienced attorney, call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation. Calling is free and will not result in any obligation for you unless we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

More Blog Posts:

Respondeat Superior: Holding an Employer Liable for the Negligent Actions of an Employee, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published October 4, 2016.

Graduated Licensing Program Helps, but Teen Drivers Still a Major Risk on Maryland Roads, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published October 18, 2016.

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