Survey reports that more drivers are texting while driving

According to a recent study, the number of drivers who self-report regular cell phone use while behind the wheel has significantly increased since 2013. Interestingly enough, the surveyed drivers also acknowledged distracted driving as a significant road hazard. Since distracted drivers are far more likely to cause an accident, the issue of cell phone use is a crucial matter to all Texas motorists.

The survey, which was commissioned by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, identified attitudes and behavior related to distracted driving. The survey interviewed 2,613 drivers over the age of 16 who had operated a vehicle within the prior 30 days. The number of drivers who reported using a mobile device while behind the wheel increased 46 percent since the same survey was done in 2013. Nearly half of all respondents had spoken on the phone or read a text message while driving, and one-third of respondents admitted to typing a text message.

According to other surveys, drivers speaking on cell phones are four times more likely to cause a crash. A driver is eight times more likely to cause a collision when they text and drive. There are over 37,000 deaths due to traffic accidents in the United States each year, and that number could increase if measures aren't taken to limit distracted driving.

An individual injured by a distracted driver could file a claim for monetary damages. These damages could cover pain and suffering, medical costs, car repair bills and lost wages. An attorney with experience in personal injury law could help the victim through the negotiation process.

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