According to a study released in May 2010, nighttime driving is becoming more hazardous for American teenagers. The likely cause of this increased danger is that more teens are talking and texting on cell phones while driving.
The report, conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, said that the proportion of fatal crashes at night involving drivers 16 to 19 years old nationwide increased 10 percent in the time period from 1999-2008. The percentage of nighttime fatal crashes involving drivers 20 years and older rose nearly 8 percent from 1999-2008.
The Statistics Regarding Auto Accidents are Important
These statistics tell an important story. Nighttime driving carries inherent risks because of decreased visibility and slower response due to driver fatigue. Those risks are even greater for teens who are inexperienced night drivers, and who are driving while distracted by calling or texting.
The number of fatal crashes, including those at night, actually dropped between 1999 and 2008, but the percentage that occurred at night increased. In 2008, 4,322 fatal crashes involved drivers ages 16 to 19 years, with 2,148 of them – or just under 50 percent – at night, according to the study. In 1999, 6,368 fatal crashes involved drivers ages 16 to 19, with 2,875, or 45 percent of them occurring at night.
How to Decrease Your Risk of Being Injured in a Car Accident
To decrease your risk of being seriously injured, or potentially killed, in a tragic Arizona car accident, try to avoid driving at night or at times (such as holidays) that are known for distracted or drunken driving. If you do have to drive at night, use additional caution, and avoid using your mobile phone at any time while driving.
If you, or a loved one, have suffered serious injury in an auto accident as the result of negligent behavior – such as texting while driving – please immediately contact an experienced Gilbert car accident attorney. Hogle Injury Law is committed to helping the victims of auto accidents throughout the valley.
The lawyers at Hogle Injury Law understand the practical, medical and emotional difficulties that can be created by auto accidents that are caused by negligent drivers, and has the experience to help you recover the damages you are entitled to.