When discussing distracted driving, one of the distractions often discussed is passengers in the vehicle. Whether it is talking to and interacting with other passengers or taking care of an infant or child while driving, passengers in a vehicle are a definite distraction, especially for teenagers.

Statistics Regarding Teen Passengers are Revealing

A study in 2007 revealed that drivers are sixty percent more likely to have a car accident when they have a passenger in the vehicle compared to solo drivers. This alarming rate is evident in teen drivers but adults should also be aware of the potential for distracted driving when they are transporting passengers.

Statistics regarding teen drivers and passengers revealed.

  • Having two or more peer passengers in the vehicle more than triples the risk of a fatal car crash.
  • Teens who know they are being observed by peers while driving are more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors.
  • Male teen drivers are six times more likely to drive aggressively when they have passengers than when they are alone in the vehicle.
  • Twenty percent of female teen drivers and twenty-five percent of male teen drivers admit to being distracted by something in the vehicle prior to a car crash.

Can You Be A Better Passenger?

You may not be behind the wheel of the car but you can take steps to decrease the risk of a car accident and/or reduce the risk of severe injuries from a car accident by being a better passenger.

  • Always wear your seat belt. Do not wait on the driver to tell you to buckle up and remind the driver to do the same if he or she does not buckle up. It is the law in Louisiana and most other states!
  • Offer to be the navigator. Global positioning systems (GPS) are a common distraction for drivers. Act as the navigator for the driver to remove that distraction.
  • Limit your own use of cell phones and other electronic devices. The driver may pay more attention to what you are doing with your cell phone or handheld electronic device thereby increasing the risk of a car accident.
  • Keep a calm environment in the car. Yes, it is tempting to crank up the radio and act a little crazy; however, this distracts the driver. Avoid boisterous and loud behavior while in the vehicle — save this type of behavior for your destination.
  • Do not let the driver take risks while driving such as texting while driving, driving impaired by alcohol or drugs, or speeding.

You may not be the driver but you are responsible for your behavior. Any behavior that contributes to the risk of a car accident should be avoided. You just might save your life and the lives of others on the road.

Contact A NoLA Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident the New Orleans personal injury attorneys of The Olinde Firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.  Contact our office at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule a free legal consultation.