Study finds distracted driving a problem for all age groups

Kentucky readers may assume that younger drivers are the most likely demographic to engage in distracted driving. However, a new study by Volvo shows that drivers of all ages have a hard time focusing on the road. The study also found that cell phones are the top cause of driver distraction.

Volvo, the Swedish automaker that pledged to eliminate all injuries and deaths in its cars by 2020, teamed with the Harris Poll to conduct two separate surveys about distracted driving. Each survey involved 2,000 participants. They found that more than 90 percent of American drivers believe there are more distractions while driving than there were five years ago. Forty-three percent of the study's participants named cell phones as their top driving distraction while 11 percent cited children. Nine percent of the respondents named other passengers as their top distraction, 8 percent indicated GPS devices and 5 percent specified music.

In order to help them focus on the road, 33 percent of the participants said they prefer to drive in silence. Meanwhile, 32 percent said they place their phone in "do not disturb" mode, 19 percent use noise-canceling headphones and 13 percent undergo a periodic digital detox. The study found that Millennials and drivers from Generation X were most likely to use their cell phones while driving with 81 percent of each age group admitting to the behavior. Seventy-one percent of younger Baby Boomers also admitted to using their phones behind the wheel while 71 percent of drivers from Generation Z and 64 percent of older Baby Boomers admitted such behavior.

Distracted driving is responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths across the U.S. each year. Victims of auto accidents that were caused by distracted driving may wish to speak to a personal injury attorney about their legal options.

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