August 22, 2013
Despite the number of fatal North Carolina car accidents growing in recent years, the public seems to be less concerned than ever before with the dangerous behaviors of drivers. The North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers with HensonFuerst explain these findings were supported by a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation.
According to an article from WRAL News, researchers examined more than 11,000 surveys that were conducted on motorists between 2009 and 2012. In the last year of the surveys being taken, researchers recorded a 5.3 percent increase in the number of fatal motor vehicle collisions. Despite this increase, the public was clearly less concerned with risky behaviors, such as drinking and driving, distracted driving, and drowsy driving.
During the three-year survey period, citizens who believe texting or emailing while driving is a serious threat to safety decreased by six percent. Roughly 25 percent of respondents admitted to engaging in the behavior as well. Furthermore, the number of individuals who felt drinking and driving was a serious risk declined by 21 percent during the survey period. Citizens who saw drowsy driving as a threat to safety also decreased by 25 percent.
Experts say they believe the reason for the decreases is because public interest in highway safety has declined.
That’s why HensonFuerst’s team of North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers ask motorists to raise awareness for highway safety by refraining from engaging in these reckless behaviors while driving and encouraging others to do the same.