car crash accidentCranston, RI- Have you ever ran a red light? Speeded? Texted behind the wheel? Or, driven when you know you’re above the legal drinking limit? Well, you’re not alone. A new survey by the American Automobile Association (AAA) shows that Rhode Island drivers take these risks on the road in spite of knowing how dangerous these behaviors are and their potential to cause a deadly accident.
Each year AAA conducts the Travel Safety Culture Index to gauge how drivers feel about risky driving and whether they take such risks. The survey often exposes the double-standard motorists have towards their own driving behaviors and how they feel when fellow motorists engage in the same risky behaviors.
Take for instance, texting and driving; the biggest distraction for modern day motorists and a growing danger for all. According to the TSCI 2014, motorists nationwide agree that texting behind the wheel is dangerous, with 65.7 percent of participants saying it is “unacceptable.” Over 89 percent would like to see laws which ban texting, emailing or using social media for motorists.
But when it comes to actually texting behind the wheel, 36 percent of Rhode Island motorists admitted to doing it within the past 30 days. That’s on par with national average.
As for speed, 90 percent of nationwide motorists disapprove of speeding on residential streets and 76 percent frown upon speeding on the highway. But motorists in the Ocean State far surpass the national average with 71 percent (national average 46 percent) admitting to driving 15 mile over the posted speed limit on highways or driving 10 miles over in residential areas (national average 44 percent).
Driving while intoxicated is also a behavior that many Americans recognize is very dangerous and “disapprove” of, yet, an alarming number of survey participants admitted to doing it. Nationwide, 19 percent of motorists say they’ve driven even though they were above the legal limit within the past year with 2.4 percent admitting to driving drunk within the past 30 days.
Rhode Islanders are also more willing to run a red light even when they can safely stop. Overall, 94 percent of motorists say it is “unacceptable to run a red light, but on the national one in three admit they’ve done in the past thirty days. As for Rhode Island, 44 percent of motorists in the state are willing to run a red light.
Speed, distraction and intoxicated driving are the big three when it comes to traffic collision. These three behaviors cause the majority of traffic deaths in the United States, and lead to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary injuries each year. Victims of drivers who take such risks have rights and should speak with a Rhode Island accident attorney if they plan to seek compensation for their injuries.
No matter how good a driver a person thinks they are, it is only a matter of time before their risk they are willing to take touch another person’s life. This isn’t fair and an irresponsible driver should have to answer to their actions. When you are represented by an accident attorney in Cranston, you will can be confident they will do what it takes to get you a just personal injury or wrongful death settlement.
 

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