Study finds some groups more likely to use phones while driving

Drivers in Texas whose attitudes toward safety are negative may be more likely to use their mobile phones while behind the wheel. In addition, frequent phone users and women are more likely to get distracted by a mobile device while driving. These were among the results of a recent study published by the Society for Risk Analysis.

The study also found that drivers who were more experienced were less likely to drive while using their phones. It is estimated that talking on a mobile phone while driving makes it about twice as likely that the motorist will be involved in a car accident. Texting and driving makes an accident around six times more likely.

Researchers found that drivers often made judgments about times when it was safer to use their phones. They tended not to not talk or text during heavy traffic or while navigating curvy roads, and the presence of law enforcement also reduced phone use. However, researchers said that drivers are generally poor judges of when to safely use their phones. Their recommendation was to pull over and make the necessary call or send the text. Using cell phones is one factor in around 25 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in the United States.

Getting distracted by using a phone is one way that a driver could cause an accident. However, driving while fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol could also result in a crash. These crashes could lead to passengers and other drivers being seriously injured. Injuries such as a brain or back injury could have long recovery periods, which means that compensation may be important. Unfortunately, insurance companies often offer too little. A victim injured in a car accident may then want to contact an attorney about getting sufficient compensation.

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