A survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that young men were more likely to engage in aggressive driving behaviors such as risky passing, tailgating or even road rage. According to news reports, close to 30% of both young men and women reported manually texting while driving at least once in the past month. Running red lights and cutting off other drivers were traits common to both genders with men leading, but only by a small margin.
What the Study Found
The data from 2019 included responses from about 2,700 surveyed individuals. They were questioned about their engagement in any type of aggressive, distracted, impaired driving behaviors recently and tasked with rating how dangerous that activity was perceived to be. They were also asked if they believed infractions or crimes related to those risky behaviors would result in consequences or if they had any positive or negative stigmas.
Respondents across the board said driving while impaired and using your cell phone while driving was more hazardous than speeding. However, driving at an excessive or unsafe rate of speed was a common trait, according to the survey, among most age groups. New drivers aged 16 to 18 and those between the ages of 19 to 24 were more likely to self-report their bad behaviors or habits. This was likely due to guilt or lack of experience, researchers determined. Four in five respondents said they had engaged in aggressive driving less than 30 days before taking the survey.
Dangers of Risky Driving
Whether an individual is driving distracted, impaired or is taking chances by speeding, making unsafe lane changes or dangerous turns, it puts everyone on the roadway at risk. Vulnerable travelers such as motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists are more at risk of suffering life-threatening injuries as a result of motorists’ negligent behaviors. A number of these crashes could turn fatal for drivers as well as passengers.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced California car accident lawyer will be able to remain on your side, fight for your rights and help you secure fair and full compensation for your tremendous losses.