New Drivers vs. Experienced Drivers – Who is Most at Risk?

An inexperienced driver who reaches for their cellphone increases their risk for getting into a crash by more than 700%, according to an article in the New York Times.

A study used accelerometers, cameras , global positioning devices and other sense to determine the driving habits of 42 inexperienced, newly licensed drivers ages 16 and 17. The study also monitored 167 more experienced, adult drivers. The devices recorded incidents of cellphone use, reaching for objects, sending text messages, adjusting the radio and other controls, and eating and drinking.

Among the teenager group, eating increased their risk of crashing by nearly 3 times. Texting or looking at an object on the side of the road quadrupled it. dialing a phone number was the most dangerous activity of all, the study found. It increased the teens’ risk of crashing by 8 times.

For the group of experienced drivers, dialing a phone was the only factor that significantly increased the risk of an accident.

The study found that overall, drivers spent about 10% of their time being distracted while driving and not looking at the road ahead of them.

We remind everyone, no matter your age, that it is extremely dangerous to text while driving! You are not only putting your own life at danger, but the lives of other drivers around you as well. Take the pledge to never text and drive!

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a texting-while-driving accident, contact us today.

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP