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Millennials: Are they more dangerous than other drivers?

Millennials are known for a lot of things, but safe driving is not necessarily one of them. In general, younger drivers are more prone to engaging in risky and dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, which places them and everyone else on the road at a higher chance of involvement in a car accident.

According to studies, extremely high numbers of young drivers do risky things while behind the wheel. Statistics released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicate that approximately 88 percent of all drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 do things such as text, talk on the phone, speed and more on a regular basis.

Millennials by the numbers

Studies of the driving habits of millennial drivers indicate that this particular age group is perhaps the most dangerous demographic on the road. During this study on this particular age group, researchers learned the following:

  • A millennial is twice as likely as a person in another age group to send a text while driving.
  • Approximately 12 percent of millennials hold the belief that it is okay to drive over the marked school zone speed limit.
  • Half of all millennial drivers admit to running through a red light at a time when they could have actually stopped in enough time.
  • Millennials are less likely to recognize and understand the danger of some of their driving habits.

Drivers face more risks than ever before, and the number of fatal traffic accidents is a growing concern in Sunrise, throughout Florida and across the country. Technological advances and smarter vehicles could actually serve as a distraction, and of course, phones continue to be a huge source of distraction for drivers of all ages.

Other drivers, other bad behaviors

Millennials are not the only bad drivers on the roads. In fact, many of the people who accuse this generation of bad driving habits themselves often engage in dangerous behaviors. This includes reading emails while behind the wheel, texting, speeding and driving recklessly.

Bad driving is bad driving, no matter how old the person is behind the wheel. If you believe that your accident was the result of dangerous, reckless or negligent behaviors, you have the right to seek financial compensation from the responsible parties. Car accident victims do not have to suffer through the aftermath of their situation alone, but they may take steps to hold liable parties accountable for damages and financial losses.

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