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Studies examine age range of distracted drivers

In New York and across the country, it is known how dangerous distracted drivers are. They can cause crashes with other vehicles, hit bicyclists and pedestrians and cause an untold amount of damage with serious injuries and even death. While legislators and law enforcement officials seek to stop the practice, research is always useful as a method to understand the phenomenon to directly target the people who are most prone to distracted driving. One study from Volvo looked at the age of people who are commonly distracted drivers.

According to its survey, in which 1,665 people 18 and older took part, 71 percent of people who are categorized in "Generation Z" and were born in 1997 and later stated they used a cellphone behind the wheel. "Millennials," who were born from 1981 to 1996, and "Generation X," born from 1965 to 1980, came in at 81 percent. People born from 1946 to 1964 - "Baby Boomers" - admitted to it in 64 percent of the cases. And the "Silent Generation," born from 1928 to 1945, registered 59 percent. Volvo says that these numbers made distracted driving an issue that spans age groups. The preferable way to prevent distracted driving was to have complete silence when behind the wheel.

Another survey, in which 1,894 drivers 18 and older took part, had 84 percent stating that being able to use voice activated devices instead of manually activated devices was safer. A concern about the surveys is that it is based on participants willingly admitting to what they were doing behind the wheel.

Regardless of the details and disagreements about studies focused on distracted driving and the methodology used, most will agree that the problem is widespread and can cause significant damage with injuries and death. With car accidents, those who have been hurt or lost a loved one must be aware of how vital it is to have legal assistance. A law firm experienced in distracted driving cases and accident investigation can try to help with a case to be compensated.

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