Texting and Driving Affects Adults, Too
Although teenage drivers catch plenty of flak for texting and driving, a study actually shows that adults are the most common offenders. Distracted driving, and in particular, the use of cellphones has become a serious epidemic throughout the country. The number of adults that admit to texting while driving – even while sharing that they are concerned about other people’s texting while driving behavior – may come as a shock.
AT&T recently conducted a study of more than 1,000 adult drivers that revealed that even though 98% of the adult respondents confess that they knew texting and driving was unsafe behavior, half of them admitted that they do engage in this behavior on a regular basis. Only 43% of teenage drivers, however, admitted that they were involved in the same behavior.
When adults were first questioned about the use of texting while driving several years before, 60% of them said they were not texting while driving at the time but that number has changed significantly. Texting while driving is now the most dangerous distraction behind the wheel of a car due to the fact that it requires the eyes, the hands and the cognitive power of your brain to remain focused on the texting activity.
Just looking away for a couple of seconds allows you to travel the length of a football field and given that the average driver who is texting while driving looks down for 4.6 seconds, this is enough time to cause a catastrophic or even deadly accident. Texting while driving is not the only type of distracted driving behavior that could endanger others but it is one of the most common. to get started on your case today.
If you or someone you know has already been injured in a serious accident due to texting and driving behavior, you may be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim. Contact an experienced lawyer today to learn more – your ability to recover compensation may depend on acting quickly. So don’t wait, contact Berger Lagnese & Paul, LLC at 412-471-4300 or via their online contact form to get started on your case today.
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