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Dangerous driving habits: age does matter

New Yorkers know that it is very important to be alert and focused as they drive, particularly in an effort to avoid other motorists who are negligent or reckless. Often, younger drivers have been blamed for particularly risky driving behavior, and a report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety seems to confirm that millennials, or drivers in the 19 to 24 age bracket, do engage in more dangerous behavior.

According to the report, based on a survey of 2,511 drivers, millennials admitted to speeding, running red lights and texting while driving in higher percentages than the rest of the population. In some cases, such as texting and sending emails while driving, millennials engaged in the behavior at almost twice the rate of other drivers. Almost 50 percent of millennials also admitted to driving through a red light, even if they could have stopped safely. Even of more concern is the attitude of some millennials that their dangerous driving habits are acceptable. In general, the survey found, people in all age brackets were also hypocritical with their answers. Even while most condemned the dangerous driving habits, many often engaged in these at the same time.

A big problem with these attitudes and behavior are the possible consequences, which can become fatal. Motor vehicle accidents are increasing, and 2015 saw the biggest one-year percentage jump in traffic fatalities, at 7.7 percent, in 50 years.

People who are injured in a car accident that was caused by another motorist who was speeding, distracted or negligent in some other fashion may want to meet with an attorney to discuss their options. One of them might be the filing of a personal injury lawsuit seeking appropriate compensation from the at-fault driver.

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