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Monday, May 26, 2014

Americans Admit to Risky Driving Behaviors

According to the recent survey results published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety,* Americans still have a “Do as I say, not as I do” attitude when it comes to driving.  On one hand, people see certain conduct as unacceptable while driving, yet admit to engaging in the same risky behavior on a recent or recurring basis.  As a personal injury attorney located in McDonough Georgia, this immediately got my attention. 

The report indicates that, on average, 92 lives are needlessly cut short on a daily basis as the result of car crashes, and more than 1 in 5 drivers have been involved in a serious car crash.  These shocking statistics demonstrate a need for change.  The survey, titled the “2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index,” was designed to highlight aspects of our culture that influence the safety of our roadways. 

Here are some survey indicators on how dangerous behaviors are perceived and perpetuated on our roads:

Texting: Nearly all drivers view texting or emailing while driving as a very serious threat and consider it completely unacceptable. However, more than 1 in 4 people admit to typing or sending a text message or email while driving in the past month; and more than 1 in 3 reported reading a text message or email while driving in the past month.

Running Red Lights: Most drivers view it as unacceptable to drive through a traffic light that just turned red when they could have stopped safely; however, more than 1 in 3 drivers admitted to doing exactly that in the past month.

Drowsy driving: Most drivers view drowsy driving as a serious threat and a completely unacceptable behavior; however, more than 1 in 4 admit to driving when they were so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open at some point in the past month.

Overall, the major take-away from this survey is that people are generally well-educated on what constitutes risky driving behavior, yet they still knowingly engage in it.  Please drive defensively, and contact an attorney who is knowledgeable in auto accident and personal injury cases if you have been involved in an accident.  Click here to read more tips on what to do if you are involved in a car wreck.

For more information on this topic, email John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

*The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a not-for-profit, publicly supported charitable research and education organization dedicated to saving lives by preventing traffic crashes and reducing injuries when crashes occur.

 

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