Distracted Driving Reality CheckSeptember 25, 2017
Despite the increased awareness of distracted driving, and the fact that the majority of states have laws against cell phone use while driving, too many motorists continue to text and drive. In fact, some drivers even think that they are good at certain distracted driving behaviors, even though they recognize that it can be very dangerous. Considering the fact that 3,477 people were fatally injured and another 391,000 injured in 2015 alone, increased efforts need to be made in order to address this issue and eliminate distracted driving accidents, many of which are entirely preventable.
According to a recent study conducted by Progressive Insurance, approximately one-third of the drivers surveyed responded that they were confident in their ability to text while driving. At the same time, the majority of respondents believe that distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents and over 90 percent believe that it should be against the law. The attitude towards texting while driving varied widely based on the respondent’s age. For example, over 60 percent of 18 to 34 year-olds were confident in their ability to text while driving without incident. However, less than six percent of respondents 55 and older shared the same attitude.
Highlights From the Study
Approximately 1,000 men and women 18 years of age or older responded to Progressive’s online survey. Based on the responses, they found the following results:
- Twenty-one percent of male respondents said they were “very confident” in their ability to text while driving, whereas only eleven percent of women expressed this same level of confidence.
- Despite the percentage of drivers who were confident in their ability to safely text while driving, 88 percent of men and 97 percent of women believe that texting should not be allowed.
- Over 65 percent of respondents said that texting and other cell phone use while driving is the leading cause of car accidents in this country.
David Pratt, leader of usage-based insurance at Progressive, hopes that the results of the study raise awareness of this issue and encourage people to have conversations about distracted driving. The brief moment it takes to check a text or make a call can cause a serious, even fatal wreck. Texting while driving is not something that people should be doing, let alone feel confident that it is something they do well.
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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, it is in your best interest to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. Distracted driving continues to be a serious issue, despite the fact that people understand how dangerous it can be. Our dedicated team will determine who is responsible for causing the accident and ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, do not hesitate to call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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