Do You Text and Drive?

Approximately 660,000 American drivers use their cell phones every day for answering a phone call, texting, or sending emails.

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The use of cell phones while driving is linked to the increased risk of fatal car accidents. Although car accidents associated with the use of cell phones while driving are preventable, a large number of drivers disregard laws against distracted driving and put their lives and the lives of others. Here are some statistics made available from our St. Louis car accident attorney.

Statistics Associated with Cell Phone Use and Driving

  • The risk of vehicular crashes increase by 23 times when a driver texts while driving.
  • Vehicular accidents are four times more likely to occur when drivers talk on their phones while driving.
  • The reaction time of young drivers is similar to the reaction time of a 70-year-old when they talk on their cell phone.
  • Drivers are distracted for around five seconds when they answer a text message. This is enough time for a vehicle to travel the length of an entire football field.
  • A ban against texting while driving is supported by 94 percent of drivers.
  • A ban against the use of hand held cellular phones is supported by 74 percent of drivers.

2012 Statistics Associated With Driving While Using a Cell Phone

  • Distracted driving led to 3,328 deaths in 2012.
  • Distracted driving caused injuries to around 421,000 individuals.
  • Distracted driving was behind 11 percent of deaths of drivers under the age of 20 in 2012.
  • Twenty-five percent of teenage drivers respond to at least one text message while driving. Around 10 percent of parents and 20 percent of teenagers revealed they had a text conversation while they were driving.

2012 National Survey on Distracted Driving Behaviors and Attitudes

  • Around 48 percent of drivers acknowledged that they answer their cellular phones while driving.
  • Around 58 percent of drivers who answer their cell phones while driving revealed they continue to drive while answering a phone call.
  • The survey also revealed that 24 percent of drivers are willing to use their cell phones to make a call even though they are driving.
  • Ten percent of the survey respondents acknowledged that they send emails or text messages while driving.
  • Around 14 percent of the respondents revealed they read emails or text messages while driving.
  • Most of the survey respondents are supportive of laws that ban the use of cell phones while driving.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you may feel traumatized and frustrated. However, it is important for you to understand that laws are in place to protect your rights and to penalize negligent drivers. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.


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