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You might be a millenial if you: Drive while distracted?

If you enjoy the occasional comic affair, you might be familiar with the comedian who often tells redneck jokes. He begins his segments with the phrase, "You know you're a redneck if..." and follows it up with hilarious quips to which many rural dwellers can relate. The title of this post is obviously a play on words, but the topic behind it is no joke. Distracted driving causes accidents in Michigan and throughout the nation every day.

What may come as a surprise, however, is that most distracted drivers are not teenagers, as is often presumed. In fact, the age group most frequently reported for driving distraction violations is between 19 and 25 years of age — the millennials. Whether you're in that age group or know someone who is, you may be interested in a few startling statistics that show just how dangerous distracted driving can be.

Millennial behind-the-wheel confessions

The Triple AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a survey to assess distracted driving dangers in the United States. Younger and more inexperienced drivers are often assumed to be the most irresponsible travelers and at high risks for accidents. The following shows that many millennials are making poor choices while driving:

  • The Triple AAA survey showed that more than 80 percent of millennial participants freely admitted to texting while driving.
  • Survey participants between the ages of 19 and 25 also said they frequently run red lights and drive at speeds over posted limits.
  • Many say millennials are the most dangerous drivers on the road.

You obviously can't interview each motorist in your vicinity to determine his or her age in order to identify a particular risk. As a cautious driver, you likely already do your best to remain alert and aware behind the wheel, since you have no control over other drivers' behaviors. All millennials are obviously not dangerous motorists; however, studies clearly show a higher risk within the age group.

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident with a millennial (or any other) motorist, you may wish to pursue the matter in a civil court. Even minor injuries can necessitate repeat medical treatments, which are usually quite expensive. If you suffered a serious injury or were temporarily or permanently disabled, you may want to identify possible liable sources against whom you may seek monetary judgment for damages. A good way to begin the claims process is to discuss your situation with an experienced Michigan personal injury attorney.

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