Millennial Drivers’ Car Crash Statistics
Millennials have been branded countless things, one of the most recent being ‘a generation of America’s worst drivers’. The term “Millennials” is not exactly definitive but they are individuals usually born in the 1980s and 1990s. A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety had key findings that set the age group apart from others.
More Likely to Practice Distracted Driving
Drivers aged 19 to 24 years old had confessed the biggest proportion of reading and typing text messages and emails while driving in the past 30 days. Drivers aged 25 to 39 follow closely behind. The study was finished in 2017, clearly showing that these people fall in the “millennial” category.
About 10% of fatal crashes, 18% of injury crashes, and 16% of police-reported car accidents in 2013 were described as distraction-affected crashes. It is evident that distracted driving poses car crash risks and in turn make millennials’ driving behavior prone to casualties.
Speeding is More Acceptable
Millennials personally rated themselves to drive relatively faster than other drivers. Compared to the general average of 18.1% of all survey respondents, a much higher percentage (31.6%) of millennial drivers said that they drive somewhat or much faster than other drivers.
It is also found that nearly 12% of young millennial drivers reported that driving 10 mph over the limit in a school zone is OK. This is more than double the average of all respondents, which is 5%. In 2015, more than a quarter of the total car crash deaths are attributed to speeding. Despite the calls for safer roads, the statistics are obviously not getting better.
Confessed Running Red Lights
Running red lights could be fatal. However, around 50% of young millennial drivers admitted to running through a red light that just recently turned when they could have made a safe stop. This is overwhelmingly higher compared to 36% of the other 2,511 respondents. Direct fatalities can occur from running red lights. According to reports, Los Angeles, California is one of the top 3 of cities when it comes to death due to running a red light at 125 deaths in a span of a decade.
Likely to Drive under Influence
Drivers aged 25 to 39 and 19 to 24 (which are again, millennials) were the most likely to report driving within an hour of using marijuana in the past year (9.4% and 9.1%, respectively). Moreover, these drivers who reported this behavior were less likely to support a law that prohibits driving with a certain amount of marijuana in one’s system.
An Unacceptable Behavior
It is alarming that a total of 88% of millennial drivers say that they are involved in practices such as texting while driving, running red lights, or speeding within the past 30 days of their response. In psychology, the adolescence and young adult stage usually attributed to risk-taking behaviors but millennial or not, there is no excuse for unsafe driver behavior. These acts put so many lives in danger.
If you or your loved one has been involved in a car crash, call a lawyer today. Calling out these unacceptable behaviors counteracts accidents where innocent lives are taken preemptively on the roads.