Teen drivers across Texas and the nation already pose a threat to everyone on the roadway because they lack experience, but many of them are also engaging in dangerous behaviors behind the wheel that make them even more substantial highway hazards. The results of a new survey indicate that texting and driving is still very much a problem among teen drivers on the nation’s roads, despite the fact that the dangers of doing so are well-publicized. At the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz, we understand that distracted driving often results in catastrophic injuries and fatalities, and we have assisted many people who suffered injury or lost loved ones in distracted driving-involved car crashes.
Per Reuters, 38 percent of about 101,300 teens involved in a recent survey on teen driving practices reported that they had texted while driving at some point, with survey results also revealing that laws banning the practice have little effect on this population. The teens surveyed came from 35 different states, and the vast majority of them came from states that had outlawed texting messaging for drivers under 21.
Survey results also indicated that the earlier a teenager got his or her license, the earlier he or she would likely begin texting behind the wheel. While, nationwide, 38 percent of teens acknowledged texting and driving, more than 50 percent did so in five states that allow teen drivers younger than 16 to get their licenses.
While any distracted driving practice presents a threat to other drivers, texting and driving is especially dangerous, because it involves all three forms of driver distraction: cognitive, visual and manual. You can find out more about car crashes caused by distracted driving on our webpage.