Study: Many Cannot Resist Texting And Driving
A new survey found that although drivers recognize the dangers of texting while driving, many cannot resist the urge to engage in this activity.
Many drivers can’t resist texting and
According to Time, this survey of over 900 drivers found that 18 percent of the participants cannot control their desire to send or check text messages behind the wheel. Additionally, 17 percent of the 18 to 34-year-old drivers said that they texted while driving regularly or often. Seven percent of the participants between the ages of 35 to 54 also admitted to the same. Although many of the participants said that they could not resist texting and driving, 87 percent of the respondents said that they knew texting or checking their e-mail while driving is dangerous.
Why texting and driving is so dangerous
Although texting while driving is a hazardous activity, a distracted driver can elevate his or her risk of causing a car accident by performing any action that takes his or her full attention away from driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three primary types of driver distraction, which include:
- Cognitive distraction – drivers become cognitively distracted when they are no longer focused on driving. For example, a driver who intently focuses on what he or she has to accomplish at work is cognitively distracted.
- Manual distraction – when drivers take their hands off of the steering wheel, they are manually distracted. For instance, when a driver reaches for a CD on the passenger seat, he or she is manually distracted.
- Visual distraction – this type of distraction occurs when drivers take their eyes away from the road in front of them. For example, a driver is visually distracted when he or she looks at his or her GPS device to get directions.
However, texting and driving
Those involved in an accident in California caused by a distracted driver may sustain injuries that result in physical, emotional and financial harm. If you were injured in a collision and suspect the other driver was distracted, call an attorney, like the ones at Alfonso & Berriz, APC, personal injury attorneys, to determine what compensation may be available to you.
Keywords: texting, distracted, driving, accident
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