By: Chris Bandas, Esq., The Bandas Law Firm
There’s a new generation war going on in our culture right now, and millennials are at the center of it. There have been all sorts of accusations leveled at this generation: that they’re entitled, that they want something for nothing, and a range of others. On the other end of the spectrum, millennials fight against these accusations, attempting to paint themselves as hardworking and determined to change the world for the better.
The truth, as always, probably lies somewhere in the middle and the real judgment usually lies with individuals. In some ways, however, statistics back uptrends. Millennials may well be the most dangerous people on the roads of America according to recent numbers. Explore the statistics that paint millennials as the most dangerous drivers in the United States, and why you need car accident lawyers in North Carolina.
Millennial Drivers: The Statistics
According to numbers released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Millennials and their driving habits form some of the greatest dangers to motorists on the roads. For purposes of the study, Millennials are defined as those between the ages of 19 and 39. 88% of drivers in this demographic engaged in at least one reckless behavior over the preceding month.
Specific risky behaviors outlined in the report include texting and driving, running red lights, speeding, and others. The findings come as we have seen an increase in traffic fatalities of over 7%, the highest increase in over 50 years.
A Serious Lack of Concern
Even more alarming is the serious lack of concern millennials feel about these numbers. They feel that their behavior is perfectly acceptable. They show no guilt or care about the dangerous consequences of engaging in these behaviors, and they show no desire to change their attitudes or behavior to help bring down the rising fatality statistics.
In fact, almost 12% of drivers in this demographic feel that it’s perfectly acceptable to exceed the speed limit in a school zone by as much as 10 mph. While 12% doesn’t seem like a high number, the numbers in other demographics are less than 5%.
What About Older Demographics?
Of course, older drivers aren’t exactly the safest bet, either. While millennials are definitely the leaders in dangerous driving, those in other demographics still show an over 60% instance of engaging in these same dangerous behaviors. That means our entire nation is one of irresponsible drivers.
What does this mean for the auto industry, which has bowed to the consumer demand for improved infotainment technology, including large, brightly-colored touchscreen interfaces with flashing lights and smartphone app integration? These systems are completely optimized to encourage smartphone use while driving. Given that we’re well aware of the dangers of distracted driving, there seems to be a serious disconnect at work.
When You’re in a Car Accident
When you suffer an injury from a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you deserve to be compensated for the injury the other driver caused. This includes payment for your medical costs, your lost wages, damage to your ability for future earnings, harm to your quality of life and relationships, pain and suffering, and more.
However, you’ll need to take the right steps immediately to get the best shot at significant compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. At the scene, call first responders. This will allow you and anyone else who needs it to get medical attention. It will also allow you to file a police report, which will help you to remember details later.
Get the name and contact information of any witnesses. Exchange information with the other driver. Take as many pictures as you can. Never apologize for anything. Call your insurance company to report the incident as soon as possible. Keep it truthful, but factual and to the point. Finally, call a qualified accident lawyer.
Car Accident Lawyers in North Carolina
Getting compensation for your injury means you’ll need to prove that the other driver was negligent. Their insurance company will fight to avoid paying your claim, and might even try to accuse you of being at fault. Car accident lawyers in North Carolina know how to fight back, how to fight for your rights and remind everyone that you’re the victim.
For years, Mike Lewis Attorneys have fought to get justice for people just like you. We’ll give you the best possible shot at significant compensation for your injuries. If you’ve been in an accident and you need help, give us a call for a free consultation today.
About The Author
Chris Bandas is a car accident attorney in Corpus Christi, Texas and founding partner of The Bandas Law Firm. The Bandas Law Firm also focuses on personal injury cases such as defective products, truck accidents, and oilfield accidents. Chris is a graduate of Trinity University, the University of Houston Law Center, and has been practicing personal injury law since 1993.