According to Actions News Jax, a 20-year-old woman was seriously hurt in a motor vehicle accident in Clay County recently. The young Florida woman was driving on Thunder Road near Darlene Road at approximately 4:00 AM when her vehicle struck a tree. Police indicate she was taken to Orange Park Medical Center. The crash was under investigation, and police did not know what the cause of the collision was.
This young woman was among the many drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 who will become involved in auto accidents over the course of the year. It is drivers in this age group who have been found to engage most frequently in the types of high-risk behavior leading to auto accidents, according to a recently conducted study by AAA Traffic Safety Foundation
Young Motorists Are the Riskiest on the Roads
Drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 are much more likely than drivers in other age groups to do things behind the wheel likely to cause a significant increased risk of traffic collisions. In fact, when asked by AAA about the high-risk behaviors they’d engaged in recently, 88.4 percent of drivers ages 19 to 24 admitted to doing things like speeding, texting, and running red lights.
By comparison, 69.3 percent of younger drivers ages 16 to 18 said they had done these things. Seniors were the least likely to have engaged in these high-risk behaviors, with 67.3 percent of motorists ages 60 to 74 admitting to texting, speeding, or ignoring traffic lights.
The fact drivers ages 19 to 24 are more likely to engage in speeding, texting, and running red lights matters a lot because these driving behaviors are responsible for a significant number of deaths annually. In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed in collisions attributed to distracted driving, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Foundation. With drivers ages 19 to 24 significantly more likely than other motorists to both write and read texts and emails while driving, these young adult drivers are contributing to the dangers of distracted driving accidents.
Speeding is also a leading reason for car accident deaths, with speeding identified as a contributing factor in 30 percent of dealing accidents in 2012, according to according to NHTSA . In total, 10,219 people died in crashes attributed, at least in part, to drivers going too fast. When drivers 19 to 24 ignore speed limits, they up the chances they won’t be able to stop before obstacles or they’ll lose control of the vehicle. If they get into a high-speed crash, the young adult drivers and other victims are also more likely to be seriously hurt or killed compared with a lower-speed accident, since higher speeds mean more momentum and a greater impact for the body to absorb.
Finally, teen drivers 19-34 also were more likely to run red lights, and to find this behavior acceptable. Almost 710 people got killed in 2014 and 126,000 people got hurt when drivers ran red lights, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. No young driver wants to be responsible for running a red and causing a fatal accident- yet young drivers take this unnecessary chance regularly and put themselves and others at risk.
It’s not worth getting somewhere a little earlier or replying to a text a little sooner- young adult drivers should prioritize safety and commit to doing better behind the wheel.
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