When we think of distracted driving, we usually think of texting or talking on our cell phones while we’re driving. Without a doubt, these distractions have contributed to the rise of automobile accidents in St. Louis, specifically among younger drivers. However, some new research has become available that suggests that distracted driving might have another contributor as well – driving with friends.
The study was conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, and it found that the risks for teens who drive with their peers as passengers have increased significantly. Young teenagers are easily distracted when their friends are in their cars. They’re also much more likely to drive recklessly when their friends are around.
Although there are laws in place that restrict young drivers from driving with their peers for the first few months after receiving their licenses, many teens and parents don’t realize these laws exist. As a result, accidents are much more probable for younger drivers.
If you’ve been the victim of an accident involving teenage drivers, please speak with a St. Louis personal injury attorney about your options. Regardless of whether or not the driver or the parents of the driver were aware of the law, it exists to protect you. A St. Louis personal injury attorney will be able to advise you of your rights, as well as help you get compensated for your injuries.