According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. saw a 7 percent rise in fatal car accidents from 2015 through 2016. The elevated number of fatalities during that year exceeded all other one-year increases in the past 50 years. West Virginia motorists in the millennial age group may have played a part in this increase.
Between Aug. 25 and Sept. 6, 2016, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Administration conducted a survey of 2,511 drivers. The survey divided people into age categories and asked if they had run a red light, texted while driving, or driven over the speed limit in the previous 30 days. The market research firm administering the survey found that millennial drivers, those aged 19 to 24, reported driving more dangerously than any other age group. According to the foundation’s executive director, some of the millennials said it is all right to engage in risky driving behaviors.
Twelve percent of millennials, compared with 5 percent of other groups, believed it okay to go 10 miles per hour above the limit while in a school zone. Almost twice as many millennial drivers said that they texted or emailed while driving. The survey also shows that motorists condemn other drivers for the dangerous behaviors in which they themselves often engage while behind the wheel.
If someone has been injured in a car crash caused by a negligent driver, then an experienced personal injury attorney could be of assistance. An attorney can use the official police investigation report and other evidence in order to support a civil lawsuit that would seek appropriate compensation from the at-fault motorist.