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Music is especially distracting for teen drivers

On Behalf of | May 8, 2023 | Auto Accidents

There are many driving distractions that people face every day. Texting and driving is certainly the most famous and well-known. But there are minor distractions that can be just as problematic.

For some people, the main distraction is music. Music has been shown to be especially distracting for teenagers. When listening to music, they will often pay too much attention to the song itself, pulling their attention away from the road.

This is especially problematic because teenagers are already highly likely to make mistakes while driving. There’s a reason that they have the highest fatal accident rates. They are inexperienced and tend to make mistakes that other drivers would be able to avoid. A teen who has been distracted by the music they’re listening to is even more likely to make these types of mistakes – going out of turn at a four-way stop, driving recklessly, changing lanes without a blinker, breaking the speed limit, etc. Every little mistake increases the odds of a car accident.

What can you do?

Unfortunately, you’re going to have to share the road with drivers who are distracted by things in the vehicle, from phones to music and more. The best thing that you can do is to become a defensive driver. Anticipate these mistakes and give yourself time to react appropriately. Keep a proper following distance, for example, so you have more time to react.

Even doing this, though, doesn’t guarantee you won’t be injured in an accident caused by another driver. If you are, make sure you know about all of your legal options to seek financial compensation.