The Truth about Cell Phones and Driving
There is a serious disconnect occurring for many drivers in America. A recent study shows that 81% of us admit to using our cell phones while driving, though 84% of those who do so believe that the practice is dangerous. What is it that allows us to engage in this relatively dangerous activity so nonchalantly? Some people may not be aware of the extent of the danger of using a cell phone while driving, and others may believe that they are better at maintaining attention than other drivers who use cell phones. However, consider the following statistics:
- Experts estimate that 25% of accidents are caused by drivers using mobile devices.
- Drivers who text behind the wheel are six times more likely to cause an accident than intoxicated drivers.
- In 2009, 5,500 people died due to drivers using cell phones, and another 480,000 people were injured.
- Many people feel safer talking on the phone while driving if they use a hands-free device; however, studies have shown these devices do not improve safety.
- About 1/5th of adult drivers admit to texting while driving, as do half of teenage drivers.
- Although young drivers in their teens and early 20s are often blamed for the epidemic of cell phone use and driving, drivers in their 30s have the highest percentage of cell phone use in fatal crashes.
Wisconsin recently became the 25th state to ban texting and driving, and while cell phone use isn’t banned outright, drivers are required to refrain from distracting activities, and are held liable if they engage in any behaviors that distract them to the point of causing an accident. If you or a loved one were injured by such a driver, call the Racine car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today to learn about your legal options.