American Apathy for Dangerous Driving Shows in the Numbers

Recent information released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has brought an astonishing fact to the forefront for traffic safety in the United States. Despite countless efforts to educate the public and reduce traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities by non-profit groups, new legislation, and national initiatives, Americans seem to be more apathetic about the dangers of risky driving habits than they were just a few short years before.

The series of surveys, conducted and analyzed over a four year time period, reported that Americans are less likely to perceive many well-known, dangerous driving habits as a serious threat when behind the wheel. Common driving habits in question included: drunk driving, aggressive driving, drowsy driving, distracted driving, and running red lights.

President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Peter Kissinger, stated that many adults consistently admit to participating in the very same dangerous activities behind the wheel that they would condemn others for doing. National car accident statistics show that this might very well be true. The decreased concern over these driving threats has contributed to a 5.3 percent (more than 34,000) increase in traffic fatalities nationwide in 2012. According to the NHTSA, this was the first traffic fatality increase in seven years.

What did the results say?

  • The perceived threat of drinking and driving decreased from 90% in 2009 to 69% in 2012.
  • The perceived threat of drowsy driving decreased from 71% in 2009 to 46% in 2012.
  • The perceived threat of texting and driving decreased from 87% in 2009 to 81% in 2012. Interestingly, those who openly admitted to texting and driving increased by 5% during that same time.
  • The perceived threat of running red lights decreased from 77% in 2009 to 70% in 2012.

Presently, someone dies on America’s roadways every 15 minutes. More than 2.3 million American people are seriously injured each year in dangerous vehicle accidents. It’s absolutely crucial for motorists to understand, and take seriously, the dangers of risky driving, and the life-altering effects they can have on drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and their loved ones.

If you’ve been injured in a Virginia car accident due to another driver’s dangerous choices behind the wheel, you should not be forced to bear the burden of their negligence. Our car accident attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins have been dedicated at seeking justice for car accident victims in Virginia, Maryland, and the D.C. metro area for almost 50 years – we are here to help you understand and assert your legal rights. Call our offices at 202-296-0666 to arrange a free consultation. There is no cost to you unless you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.