Smartphones are NOT a smart choice for teen drivers in Marietta, GA.

Smartphones are NOT a smart choice for teen drivers in Marietta, GA.

There is typically a nervous excitement in the air when a teenager gets a learner's permit. If that teen passes the driving exam and receives a driver's license, he or she probably feels the thrill of independence. Unfortunately, sometimes this feeling of independence gives teens a false sense of empowerment, which could lead to distracted driving behaviors.

Teenage drivers are the most likely of age groups to be affected by distracted driving, which has led to an increase in Marietta car accidents and crashes throughout Georgia. Because teens are not as experienced behind the wheel, something as simple as changing the radio station could affect their reaction time and decrease their driving capabilities.

There are more and more distractions facing drivers of the 21st century, due to new technology, smartphones, texting, and tweeting. It's no wonder why teens are at the center of distracted driving accidents in Marietta, Georgia and throughout the nation.

The April 2011 Consumer Reports magazine conducted a study regarding teenage drivers and found the following:

  • Approximately 76% of younger drivers believe that texting while driving is a dangerous activity. However, 33% of drivers 30 years old and younger have admitted to texting behind the wheel.
  • Only 30% of those surveyed, 30 and younger, believe that using a hand-held cell phone behind the wheel is dangerous.
  • Approximately 63% of drivers who are 30 and younger have admitted to using a hand-held phone while driving.

It is important that parents and the community of Marietta explain the dangers of texting while driving and the consequences of distracted driving to teenagers in an effort to lessen Marietta car crashesinvolving teens.

If you or your children have been injured due to a negligent driver, contact a qualified Marietta personal injury lawyer to find out your rights and what financial compensation you may be entitled to after a collision with a distracted driver. CallTony Kalka at Kalka & Baer for a free legal consultation.

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