Distractions caused by passengers of teen drivers is the leading cause of car crashes according to a recent study conducted at the University of Iowa. In fact, over the last several years, over 15 percent of teens got into an automobile accident after being distracted by another person in the car.
Although cellphones are the usual suspects in many distracted driving crashes, having a friend in your car doubles your chance of a car accident and the risk goes up as the number of passengers increase.
In reality, distracted driving of any kind poses a risk. Any behaviors that drivers engage in, such as eating, drinking, having conversations with passengers and using electronic devices while driving are potentially detrimental to driving performance.
However, the recent study suggests that driving with friends can be particularly dangerous for teen drivers so parents should take note.
Iowa Distracted Driving Car Accident
If you or a family member has been injured in a distracted driving car accident, contact the Davenport Iowa Personal Injury Law Offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for assistance today at 563-355-6478.
Source: KCCI, “New Teen Driving Study Points Finger at This, Not Cellphones”, by Emmy Victor, accessed July 14, 2017.