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Study finds older drivers more likely to drive distracted

Though younger drivers in Connecticut get a bad reputation for becoming distracted by technology while driving, a new study shows that this belief may be unfounded. The report found that older drivers are more likely to be distracted by technology.

Researchers from the University of Utah and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety looked at the number of times drivers looked away from the road to perform simple tasks involving technology. The study found that drivers between 55 and 75 years of age looked away from the road eight seconds longer on average than drivers between 21 and 36. The study also showed that older drivers took 4.7 to 8.6 seconds longer to use in-vehicle navigation systems than younger drivers.

Previous studies from AAA have indicated that looking away from the street for more than two seconds doubles the risk of a motor vehicle accident occurring. By 2030, one out of every five drivers is estimated to be over the age of 65. Reducing technology distractions while driving may help decrease the number of motor vehicle accidents in this age group. Researchers believe distracted driving may be reduced by changing the design mechanism of the technology.

Every year, thousands of people die in motor vehicle accidents. Many of these crashes are caused by distracted driving. A lawyer may be able to help a victim or their surviving family members file a civil claim. If it can be proven that the driver behaved negligently by using their cellphone during the time of the accident, the injured party may receive compensation.

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