You may be surprised to find that, according to a survey by AT&T, almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving, compared to 43 percent of teenagers. More than 98 percent of adult admit that they know it’s wrong to drive while texting, and over half said they had only recently started doing so. While teens may have a reputation for being buried in their cell phones at all times, it seems adults are the bigger culprits.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving, including texting while driving, accounts for around 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries annually. Every day in the U.S., around nine people die and more than 1,000 are injured. This is despite national campaigns like AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign and a series of statewide campaigns dedicated to ending distracted driving.
Statistics show that you are 23 times more likely to get into an accident when you are driving distracted.
What Are the Types of Distraction?
There are three forms of distraction:
- Visual: taking your eyes off the road
- Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive: taking your mind off the task of driving
The reason texting and driving is so dangerous is that it falls into all three categories of distraction. On average, a driver who is reading or sending a text message takes his or her eyes off the road for around five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that is enough time to cross the length of a football field, essentially blindfolded.
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, discuss your case with a car accident attorney.