Maryland Car Accident Lawyers: Teens Who Text and Drive Blame Parents

A recent study suggests that teens who engage in risky behavior behind the wheel may be doing so for an unlikely reason – because they think their parents expect them to. The findings are the result of a survey conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance in partnership with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD.) The study focused on teen’s attitudes and behaviors behind the wheel. Surprisingly, teens reported feeling that their parents, more than anyone else, expect immediate responses to their text messages, even while driving.

Today’s teens are under an enormous amount of pressure to stay constantly connected with the world around them. The study revealed the dangers that this hyper-connectivity can bring, including fatigue and technology use while driving. More than half of teens surveyed reported texting while driving in order to update their parents, and nearly one in five teens said their parents expect a text response within one minute, even if they are driving. However, when parents were asked, 58% say they do not have such rigid expectations, revealing a possible need for more open discussion between parents and teens on the topic, and to decrease the chance of a drowsy driving car accident.

Social Media Distractions

Texting a parent is not the only activity diverting teens’ attention from the road. Eighty-eight percent of teenagers that consider themselves “safe” drivers report using apps while driving, and more than one in three admit taking their eyes off the road when receiving an app notification on their phone. The apps most used by teens behind the wheel include:

  • Snapchat – 38%
  • Instagram – 20%
  • Twitter – 17%
  • Facebook – 12%
  • YouTube – 12%

Using a phone while driving to compose a text message or update a status is extremely dangerous. The average length of time a driver takes their eyes off the road while texting is five seconds. If traveling at 55mph, that is enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver. Of those, ten percent were under the age of 20.

Parents of young drivers are urged to talk to their kids early and often about the dangers of distracted driving. Create a driving contract with your teen that sets clear expectations for safe driving behavior along with consequences for breaking the rules. Also, and perhaps more importantly, parents need to be role models for safe driving practices.

Maryland Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Those Injured in Distracted Driving Accidents

Maryland law prohibits all drivers from using handheld devices while driving. Failure to follow the law can result in more than just a ticket; it can take a person’s life. Maryland personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton are committed to obtaining justice and compensation for those who have been harmed by a negligent or reckless driver. To discuss your possible claim, call 800-547-4LAW (4529) today to schedule a consultation or contact us online.

Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, allowing us to represent victims of distracted driving car accidents throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.