There are many distractions that face us when driving behind the wheel such as eating, drinking, talking to passengers, applying makeup, reading (including maps), using a navigational system, watching a video, adjusting the radio, making a phone call, and making a text. Texting and driving remains one of the highest concerns in the United States. Each year texting and diving claims approximately 3,000 lives, and injures 400,000 others. These types of accidents can be prevented. Research has shown that distracted driving is just as deadly as drunk driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are statistics on texting and driving that as a cell phone owner you should be aware of:
- · Using a cell phone while driving whether handheld or hands-free, delays a driver’s reaction as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.
- · The under 20 age group has the greatest proportion of distracted drivers. 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.
- · An online survey of 1,999 teens ages 16-19 found that 86 percent had driven while distracted even though 84 percent know it’s dangerous.
- · 77 percent of young adult drivers are very/ somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving.
- · About half of drivers 16-24 said that they had texted while driving compared with 22 percent of drivers 35-44.
In addition, 85% of respondents who text while driving agree that texting while driving is a problem and 89% recognize that the behavior reduces reaction time.
Our car accident lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. want to ensure you and your family is safe on the road. To take the necessary precautions to prevent further texting and driving accidents turn off your cell phone, and place it out of sight so you will not be tempted to answer a phone call or text. However, if you have another passenger in the car ask them if they wouldn’t mind answering it, or responding to the text for you.
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