October 31, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- US drivers report fewer concerns about dangerous driving habits
An analysis of driver surveys completed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in August 2013 showed that fewer numbers of drivers perceive safety threats from dangerous driving behaviors like intoxicated driving, distracted driving, driving aggressively and drowsy driving. The survey results may be linked to the first annual increase in the number of traffic fatalities in seven years.
Survey shows drivers taking fewer precautions
AAA researchers analyzed over 11,000 surveys administered to drivers aged 16 years and older over the four-year period lasting from 2009 through 2012. Researchers discovered that the number of survey respondents who thought that driving after having consumed alcohol was dangerous fell from 90 percent in 2009 to 69 percent in 2012. Those viewing drowsy driving as a safety threat declined from 71 percent in 2009 to 46 percent in 2012.
Survey respondents who reported that sending text messages or emails while driving was a dangerous practice fell from 87 percent in 2009 to 81 percent in 2012. Similarly, the number of drivers who admitted to texting or emailing while driving increased from 21 percent in 2009 to 26 percent in 2012. In 2009, 77 percent of survey respondents said they considered running a red light to be totally unacceptable, and that number fell to 70 percent in 2012. About 38 percent of respondents in 2012 admitted they had run a red light within the previous month.
Traffic accidents increasing
The fact that fewer people see dangerous driving behaviors as serious safety threats may correlate to the increase in automobile accidents in 2012. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 34,000 motor vehicle accidents
in the U.S. in 2012. That represents a 5.3 percent increase over the number of automobile accidents in 2011, and it is the first time that motor vehicle accidents statistics have increased in seven years.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that one person dies every 15 minutes on the roadways of the U.S., including vehicle drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians
. Another 2.3 million people suffer serious injuries each year because of automobile accidents.
Talk to an attorney
The AAA survey results show that public opinion about the amount of care that people need to use when driving may be shifting, leading to more dangerous situations on the roads. Those who choose to drive drunk, drive aggressively or who are distracted by other tasks while driving are putting everyone's safety at risk, whether they view their behaviors as dangerous or not. People who make poor decisions and cause auto accidents need to be held responsible for the damage their choices cause. If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by another driver, speak with a skilled auto accident lawyer with a history of successfully recovering compensation in these cases.
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