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Drivers, Knowing the Risk, Drive Dangerously Anyhow, Study Shows

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Surveys of US drivers routinely show that most drivers think that their skills behind the wheel make them above-average at driving. Unfortunately, most drivers overestimate their abilities to avoid hazards on the road; 2016’s toll of over 40,000 lives lost to traffic accidents is a testament to the fallibility of drivers. A recent survey provides even more evidence to the fact that divers overestimate their own abilities to avoid accidents, showing that while many drivers believe certain behaviors are dangerous, they nevertheless practice these behaviors regularly. Read on for more information, and contact a knowledgeable Kentucky personal injury attorney if you’ve been hurt in a crash.

Survey across demographic and geographic groups

The study, conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, surveyed over 2,000 American drivers over age 16 who had been behind the wheel in the past 30 days. The survey asked the drivers to rate the safeness of numerous driving behaviors, as well as report how often they had committed those driving behaviors themselves.

Distracted driving dangers acknowledged, but still practiced

The survey found that, overall, drivers agree on what driving habits should be deemed unsafe. For example, 81% of all drivers find texting and driving behind the wheel to be very unsafe, and 78% call the behavior unacceptable. Eighty-eight percent of drivers support banning texting while driving, and 71% support banning handheld mobile device use while driving. Despite this fact, 40% of all drivers admitted to reading an email or text while driving over the past 30 days, and 31% said they had typed a text or email while behind the wheel in the past month.

Impaired and drunk driving surprisingly common

Similarly, driving while impaired by fatigue or drugs garners conflicted responses. Nearly 97% of drivers don’t approve of drinking while driving, and 60% find driving after using illegal drugs to be a very serious threat. About 96% of drivers see driving drowsy as an unacceptable safety threat. Nevertheless, drivers routinely admit to these behaviors. Fifteen percent of all survey participants reported having driven while nearly at or over the legal blood alcohol limit over the previous year, and almost 30% of drivers said they had driven when they were almost too tired to keep their eyes open within the past 30 days.

If you or someone you love has been hurt by a drunk, distracted, or otherwise careless driver in Kentucky, find out if you have a claim for damages by contacting the trustworthy and committed Georgetown personal injury lawyer Jeremy Mattox for a consultation, at 502-867-6766.

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