Conventional wisdom is that teens are more likely to engage in irresponsible behavior when driving, which can lead to car accidents and serious personal injury. However, a recent study published by the Pew Institute shows that an alarming number of adults are guilty of engaging in dangerous behaviors on their cell phones when driving, more so than teens. The report, based on a survey of adult and teen drivers, showed that 47% of texting adults say they have sent or read a text message while driving. In addition, 49% of adults say they have been in a car when the driver was texting, and 44% say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a dangerous manner. By contrast, only 34% of teens who text say they text while driving.
Texting while driving is as dangerous as driving when drunk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a new and unfortunately popular form of driver distraction. According to the NHTSA, driver distraction was a factor in the 5870 traffic fatalities and 515,000 traffic injuries in 2008. Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia ban cell phone use by novice drivers, but many states put no restrictions on adult drivers. A ban on cell phone use by all drivers passed in the Ohio House of Representatives on March 24th.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident where the driver of the other vehicle was writing or reading text messages, the personal injury lawyers of Robert W. Kerpsack Co. LPA can help. Please call or email us today for a free initial case evaluation.