With more people than ever using smartphones and other mobile devices throughout the day, texting while driving has become a leading cause of the distracted driving epidemic that faces modern society.
While we all know that distracted driving is irresponsible, most people don’t realize just how dangerous behaviors like texting while driving real are. In reality, there are plenty of traffic safety experts who believe texting while driving may be as dangerous as drunk driving, perhaps even more so.
Texting While Driving Facts
- The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has found that participating in visual and manual tasks like texting while driving can increase one’s risk of causing a car accident by three times.
- It takes an average of 4.6 seconds to send or receive a text. According to VTTI, that’s enough time for a car traveling at 55 mph to travel the distance of a football field.
- The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute revealed that roughly a quarter of all teens respond to a text message at least once every time they’re behind the wheel.
- According to a Pew study, 40 percent of teens admit that they’ve been in a vehicle with a driver who was using a phone in a way that put others in danger.
- The Centers for Disease Control found that about 31 percent of all drivers between 18 and 64 admitted to texting while driving at least once within the last 30 days.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that distracted driving was responsible for at least 18 percent of auto accidents in 2010.
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Distracted drivers put everyone at the risk when they let their attention drift from the road to use a mobile device. If you’ve been injured in a car accident that was caused by texting while driving or some other form of negligence, call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk at 1-800-753-5203.