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AAA study finds millennials to be most dangerous drivers

A recent report by the AAA Foundation of Safety finds that drivers of all ages engage in risky behaviors. These risky behaviors include distracted driving, driving while impaired, drowsy driving and aggressive driving. Negligence behind the wheel causes a large number of car accidents around the country.

Researchers surveyed around 2,500 drivers ages 16 and up to find out more about their behaviors behind the wheel. Over 50 percent of drivers admitted to engaging in unsafe behaviors over the past 30 days.

Teens have a reputation for engaging in unsafe driving behaviors such as texting while driving and speeding. However, the study revealed that young millennials between the ages of 19 and 24 are actually the most unsafe drivers. Nearly 90 percent of drivers in this age group admitted to engaging in unsafe driving behaviors. About 60 percent of drivers in this age group confessed to texting and driving.

The survey also questioned what drivers thought was acceptable behavior behind the wheel. The 19-24 age group was the least likely to find texting and driving and other risky behaviors unacceptable. As for drivers as a whole it turns out that, while many drivers are aware that some behaviors are unsafe behind the wheel, they continue to engage in them anyway.

Unsafe driving behaviors cause countless New York accidents every year and thousands of injuries. Many families have to go through the pain of losing a loved one just because some drivers cannot stay off their phone while driving. Fortunately, accident victims and their families have legal options to recover damages from those responsible for their suffering.

Source: CBS New York, "AAA: Millennials Are Worse Drivers Than Teens," Feb. 15, 2017

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