Texting and driving has become a point of national awareness.The attorneys and staff here at Spencer Calahan Injury Attorneys want to urge you to never interact with your phone while driving. Even though we are auto injury attorneys, we never want to see these accidents that are so avoidable and even more tragic.
Want some tangible numbers to go with what we all know is a rising concern on American roadways? Statistics indicate that if you are texting while driving, you are three times more likely to be involved in an accident as you would be if you were not texting. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, among drivers under the age of 20 involved in a fatal accident, 11% were reported as distracted at the time of the accident. In a 2012 survey, the Ad Council found that 78% teens and young adults have read texts while driving, and 71% reported having composed or sent a text while driving.
It doesn’t look to get better as the drivers who do survive, turn to their thirties, either. A 2011 Harris poll revealed that a staggering 49% of drivers 35 and under, send or read texts while driving. It’s a wonder sometimes how anybody ever gets to their destination, while a 2010 Pew Research Center survey revealed that 44% of adults have been in a car where the driver is compromising their safety or the safety of others by using a cell phone while driving.
Sadly, these statistics are just the tip of the iceberg for ominous trends that deal with texting while driving. Next, we will discuss what can be done about these trends.