Statistics indicate that distraction is a problem for all ages

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2019 | Car Accidents |

Older generations, specifically baby boomers, are quick to point out the faults and flaws of younger generations. Millennials have a bad reputation for various types of irresponsible behavior, including texting while driving. While younger Florida drivers may be more prone to pick up their phones while behind the wheel, they are not the only generation guilty of doing this.

Statistics indicate that distracted driving due to texting is a problem for all generations. While older people may want to blame young drivers for causing a significant public safety concern on the road, they may be guilty of the same behaviors. As you know, each driver is responsible for the choices he or she makes behind the wheel, no matter the age.

Who’s to blame? 

Everyone who owns a phone and a car likely experiences the temptation to text and drive or look at his or her phone at some point while driving. Texting is the most common form of distracted driving, but you may also know that distraction can come from anything, from eating while driving to talking to a passenger in the backseat.

Millennials are more likely than other age groups to text while driving, with as many as 86% admitting that they use their phones as they are operating a vehicle. This is a high percentage, but there are other statistics to consider as well:

  • As many as 72% of Generation X admit to using their phones while driving.
  • In the baby boomer generation, as many as 49% admit to using their phones while driving.

As you can see, virtually every demographic is guilty of engaging in dangerous behaviors while driving, but some are more prone to this behavior than others. Interestingly, baby boomers are more likely to check their phone if they get a notification while driving, but it appears that millennials are more likely to ask a passenger to read an incoming text they get while driving.

Are you a distracted driving victim?

If you are a victim of distracted driving, you are not worried about how old the driver is who caused your accident. You simply want to get better and secure what you need to improve and move forward. Through a personal injury claim, it is possible to hold liable parties accountable for their negligent or reckless actions that caused you harm. 

If you received an injury in an accident, you may first want to seek an evaluation of your case and explanation of your legal options from an experienced legal advocate. This can help you understand the best way to proceed.


attorneys Brad Culpepper and Brett J. Kurland