Drivers Behaving Badly in Alabama, Even With Stricter Laws

Bad driving just might be your fault.

According to Science Magazine, drivers who are likely to use a cell phone while driving might not be any safer when they don’t have a phone in their hand.

A recent study in Accident Analysis & Prevention concluded that if you’re willing to talk on a cell phone behind the wheel then you’re likely to engage in other dangerous driving habits.Our Montgomery car accident lawyers know just how dangerous it is to use a cell phone behind the wheel, especially when you use it to text message. Drivers are 23 times more likely to get into an accident while they’re texting behind the wheel. What many safe-driving officials are puzzling over, however, is why anti-distracted driving laws aren’t working to reduce the number of car accidents. Studies have shown that cell phone use by drivers has decreased significantly in states with these laws, but the number of car accidents has not shown a corresponding decline.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), only drivers who have an intermediate license, and have had it for less than six months, are prohibited from using a cell phone behind the wheel in Alabama. All drivers are banned from text messaging while driving. Still, these laws might not be reducing the risks of accidents like officials had hoped. Drivers are still driving dangerously even without a phone in their hand. There’s little to no regard for safety out there!

“The fundamental problem may be the behavior of the individuals willing to pick up the technology,” said Bryan Reimer, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The study determined that drivers who are likely to pick up a cell phone behind the wheel are also likely to engage in other dangerous driving habits on a regular basis. These habits include excessive accelerating and braking, speeding, unnecessary lane changes, tailgating and driving too fast for conditions. Officials think it might not be the phones that are causing these accidents, but the dangerous driving habits of drivers regardless of cell phone use.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) says that this study in spot on! Officials with AAA have recently conducted a survey that determined that many drivers are aware of the risks that are associated with dangerous driving behaviors, but neglect to do anything to change their own behavior behind the wheel. They continue to speed down our roadways with little to no concern for the risks associated with their driving habits.

It’s clear that drivers know the difference between right and wrong. But the big question is why are drivers still behaving badly? We’re asking everyone to focus on the importance of safe driving as we head into the fall travel season. Keep the phones out of the driver’s seat and make sure to obey all road laws — your life depends on it.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Montgomery injury attorneys at Allred & Allred P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 334.396.9200.

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