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Texting and Driving Is More Prevalent Among Younger Drivers

Aug. 22, 2019

According to a recent study that was reported through the national online media, drivers from the so-called Millennial generation, that is, those born in the 1980s through the mid-1990s, are more likely to use a cellular phone while driving.

Specifically, 86% of Millennial drivers confessed that they used their smartphones while behind the wheel. By contrast, only 72% of those from Generation X, that is, those born in the mid-1960s through the 1970s admitted to the same behavior. Only half of the so-called Baby Boomers confessed to driving and using a cell phone.

Younger drivers are also more likely to do things like send or read emails and texts while driving, with 53% of Millennials admitting to texting and driving. By contrast, just over one-third, 36% of those surveyed from Generation X admitted to the same behavior, and just 11% of Baby Boomers said that they had engaged in texting and driving. Millennial drivers were also more likely to use social media like Facebook and Twitter while driving.

While the bad habit of distracted driving does indeed seem to be more prevalent among drivers in their late 20s and 30s, the problem exists across all generations of drivers. Motorists in Kentucky would do well to heed the frequent warnings about the dangers of texting and driving and other distracted driving behaviors. Unfortunately, it seems that many drivers simply ignore this good advice.

Should a distracted driver cause a serious accident, a resident of the communities surrounding Jackson may have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation from the negligent driver. Compensation can cover the costs of medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.

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