A shocking 87 percent of drivers have engaged in reckless driving habits in the past month, according to a recent survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
With drivers continuing to practice dangerous behaviors on the roads, it’s no wonder that preliminary traffic death totals for 2015 are expected to be nine percent higher than 2014 totals.
Common Reckless Driving Habits
The organization questioned 2,442 drivers ages 16 and over who have licenses and had driven within the past month. The study showed that most drivers have engaged in at least one reckless driving behavior during the time period.
The most common behaviors included distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence, drowsy driving, running red lights and not wearing a seatbelt.
Distracted driving is a behavior that contributes to at least 3,000 traffic deaths per year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the AAA survey, in the past month:
- 70 percent of drivers had cell phone conversations while driving; 31 percent say this is a regular habit.
- 42 percent of drivers have read emails or texts while driving; 32 percent say they typed or sent emails and texts while driving.
Speeding contributes to almost 10,000 traffic deaths each year. The AAA Survey revealed that in the past month:
- 48 percent of drivers admitted exceeding freeway speed limits by 15 mph or more.
- 45 percent of drivers admitted to driving 10 mph over residential roadway speed limits.
Have you suffered injuries due to the reckless behavior of another driver? If so, you may be entitled to compensation to cover lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our auto accident lawyers will fight to maximize your compensation while holding reckless drivers accountable for their actions.