Distracted driving has been the number one cause of car accidents for over a decade and, since the increased use of mobile, texting has specifically become a problem. A recent study has demonstrated just how much of a serious issue texting and driving has grown to be. If you, or someone you love, has been injured because of a driver who was distracted by texting while driving, a New York car accident lawyer can help.
Study finds one-third of drivers think they can safely text and drive
On Sept. 6, 2017, Progressive Insurance released the results of a study they’d conducted the previous month which showed some shocking results. The survey consisted of 1,000 drivers nationwide and their research found one-third of those asked, “feel confident” in their personal ability to text and drive. What’s even more stunning is, despite this belief, more than 90 percent said they believed texting is a huge cause of car accidents and should be illegal. The disconnect between the responses for the two questions perhaps indicates just how out of touch some drivers are when it comes to using their mobile devices while behind the wheel.
Distracted driving is dangerous
In 2015, statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed during that year 391,000 people were injured and 3,477 people killed due to motor vehicle accidents related to distracted driving. Distracted driving encompasses several activities but there are three primary categories: visual, manual, and cognitive. The problem with texting is that it involves all three, making it a “triple threat”. With mobile phones:
- Eyes are on the phone, not on the road
- Texting requires hands to be taken off the wheel
- Concentration is interrupted from paying attention to the road as it is shifted to the screen and what’s being said
In New York State, between 2012 and 2014 there were about 1,100 deaths each year attributed to unintentional motor vehicle traffic-related injuries, with approximately 13,000 hospitalizations and 137,000 ER visits. Chances are numerous accidents were probably due to texting and, sadly, many of these accidents most could have probably been easily prevented.
What to do if you are injured in a car crash
New York State has passed strict laws making it illegal to text or talk on mobile phones while driving. If you are involved in a car crash related to distracted driving and there are injuries, seek medical help immediately. Once the injured person is stabilized, call a New York car accident lawyer to protect your rights. If applicable, he or she will work to ensure you receive fair compensation to help with your losses and medical costs if you or a family member is injured due to another person’s negligence.