Young Driver

Erie Insurance Company recently published the results of a survey that highlighted some of the differences in driving habits based on age of the driver. The survey included a total of 2,000 U.S. residents across four generations, including Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers. Participants were asked a series of questions about their views on topics such as texting while driving, self-driving cars, and the use of seat belts.

Old man drivingInterestingly, the results revealed that the driving and safety habits of the participants tended to be different based on what generation they came from. Changes in technology along with attitudes towards certain driving habits seem to have played a role in the results. Overall, many of the categories asked about in the survey can impact the chances of an accident or injury leading to a Newport car accident lawsuit. If you have been injured in a Newport car accident, contact one of our Newport car accident lawyers today.

What Differences Did the Survey Show?

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Each generation tends to have similar tendencies and attitudes when it comes to certain safe driving habits. For instance, 44% of the Millennials thought it was okay to text while driving as long as they felt it was a safe time to do so, while only 13% of Baby Boomers thought it was okay to text and drive.

Man using SeatbeltSimilarly, seat belt use also varied across the generational lines with 94% of Baby Boomers saying they buckle up regularly, while Generation Z only uses seat belts about 77% of the time. Opinions also differed when it came to self-driving cars with 37% of Millennials responding that they would love to ride in self-driving cars, while over half of the Generation Z participants said they would be nervous about getting in a self-driving car.

Which of These Factors Can Increase the Risk of a Car Crash or Injury?

young driver texting while drivingDistracted driving is a huge factor in accidents and can easily result in serious injury. Even though many states have enacted laws forbidding drivers from texting while driving, many drivers still believe it is okay. However, even just a few seconds with your eyes off the road can lead to a car crash. Seat belt use is also an important factor in the prevention of serious injuries. Put simply, seat belts save lives. In fact, data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that wearing a seat belt cuts the risk of a fatal injury in a car crash in half. The advent of self-driving cars has caused much debate and speculation about whether they will be safe or not. Since they are still relatively new to the market, only time will tell. It is important for drivers from every generation to make sure to get into good habits while driving to prevent car accidents.

Contact an Experienced Newport Car Accident Lawyer

Newport Car Accident LawyerIf you or someone you know has been injured in a Newport car accident, contact one of our experienced Newport car accident lawyers located at 1521 West Main Road, Middletown, RI. You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering, among other benefits. There are no legal fees unless you receive an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 1-401-846-5449 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.


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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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