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Texas Millennial drivers take more risks

Millennials are the riskiest drivers across the United States, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study was released on Feb. 15. Market research firm GfK surveyed more than 2,500 drivers from Aug. 25 through Sept. 6, 2016. It found that 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 admitted to dangerous activities such as texting and driving, speeding and running red lights within the previous 30 days.

The study also found that millennial drivers sent texts or emails at nearly twice the rate of other drivers, and nearly 50 percent of them admitted to running a red light, compared to 36 percent of other drivers. Twelve percent of millennials thought it was okay to drive 10 mph above the speed limit in a school zone, compared with 5 percent of drivers in other age brackets.

The study also found that many drivers don't practice what they preach. For example, 78.2 percent of motorists said reading a text or email while driving was "completely unacceptable", yet 40.2 percent admitted to engaging in such behavior. Nearly 80 percent of drivers said drowsy driving was completely unacceptable, but 29.8 percent admitted to trying to drive while sleepy in the previous 30 days.

In 2015, 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents across the U.S. That number represented a 7 percent jump from the previous year and the largest one-year percentage increase in 50 years. People who have been injured by a negligent driver may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other applicable damages. They may want to have the help of an attorney when doing so.

Source: USA Today, "Millennial drivers are highway hazards, survey shows," Bart Jansen, Feb. 15, 2017

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