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Study: Older Texting Drivers More Dangerous than Teen Drivers Who Text

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There have been many studies and articles written about the dangers of teenagers texting and driving. One study, however, found that older drivers who text and drive may be more dangerous behind the wheel than teens who text and drive are.

The study was conducted by researchers from Wayne State University and published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention. The study took a group of participants who were between the ages of 18 and 59 years of age had them text while in a driving simulator. All participants owned smartphones and were proficient at one-handed texting. Approximately 50 percent of all participants simulated swerving into other lanes while texting and driving. However, it was the breakdown of the ages of those who crossed lanes that shocked researchers.

The results of those lane excursions by age groups were:

  • One hundred percent of drivers between the ages of 45 and 59 years old swerved into other lanes while texting;
  • Eighty percent of drivers between the ages of 35 and 44 years old swerved into other lanes while texting;
  • Forty percent of drivers between the ages of 25 and 34 years old swerved into other lanes while texting; and
  • Twenty-five percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 years old swerved into other lanes while texting.

The lead researcher of the study, Randall Commissaris, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, at Wayne, said in a statement that most people are surprised by the results because of the perception that younger drivers are more susceptible to distractions than older, more experienced drivers. These results show just the opposite. That, said Commissaris, could be a result of the decrease in the ability to manage cognitive demands of multitasking that occurs as we age.

Contact a Norfolk Injury Attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact an experienced Virginia car accident attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the at-fault driver. Under Virginia law, you may be entitled to collect financial compensation for all medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and any other losses the injury you suffered has caused you. Keep in mind, however, there is a statute of limitations in how long you have to file your accident claim, so contact an attorney right away.