More than 90 percent of drivers believe distracted driving should be illegal, according to the findings of an online study conducted during August 2017. Respondents were insured drivers at or over the age of 18 from Michigan and across the U.S. Approximately one-third of those who responded indicated confidence in their own abilities to text and drive. More than 60 percent of individuals between the ages of 18 and 34 said they were confident they could safely text and drive. Only 6 percent of drivers aged 55 years or old said the same.
According to data reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed and more than 390,000 injured in distracted driving accidents during 2015. Teenagers were the group most likely to be distracted at the time of a fatal motor vehicle accident.
The study evidenced a disparity in confidence levels of men and women when it comes to distracted driving. Twenty-one percent of men self-reported as very confident in their abilities to safely text while driving, compared to 11 percent of women. People were more likely to think it was safe to use their phones for things other than texting. Forty-three percent of respondents thought it was okay to listen to music, for example, and 30 percent thought using a map was okay.
Thirty-seven percent said they thought it was safe to use a map at a stoplight, and 25 percent thought it was safe to make a phone call while behind the wheel. Individuals who have been injured in car accidents caused by distracted drivers may be entitled to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other applicable amounts. An attorney with experience in personal injury law can often use the results of the police investigation report, eyewitness testimony and other evidence to demonstrate negligence.