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New study on teenagers and distracted driving

New Jersey residents might be interested to learn about a new study looking into teenage driving distractions. Researchers at Oregon State University say that about 40 percent of teenagers who were surveyed admitted that they send or receive text messages while they drive. The findings are apparently positive, as some earlier studies had showed higher percentages.

The lead author of the study said that he and other researchers were surprised by information they learned about other types of driving distractions for teens. According to the results of the study, 27 percent of teenagers surveyed admitted that they change their clothes or shoes while they are driving. Doing homework, putting on makeup and changing contact lenses were other activities that teens say they engage in while they are behind the wheel.

In addition to surveying teens on their driving habits, authors of the study held interactive drivers education classes in high schools. By demonstrating the difficulty of multitasking in various scenarios, the instructors taught teens about the dangers of driving distractions. Although awareness campaigns about texting while driving have been effective, the lead author of the study said that teens should learn that other driving distractions can be very risky as well.

A person who has been in a car accident that involved a distracted or otherwise negligent driver might have a case for filing a personal injury complaint against the driver. Many car accident victims choose to seek help from an attorney while they are recovering from their injuries after the crash. An attorney can be of assistance by helping to gather evidence from the crash scene in order to support a claim for damages.

Source: NPR, "Teens Say They Change Clothes And Do Homework While Driving", Maanvi Singh, March 18, 2015

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