According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 30 percent of Americans admit to having texted while driving. If this weren’t bad enough, a recent follow-up study by RealNetworks reveals that this number may be much higher.
RealNetworks conducted a survey measuring the behaviors of other people while you are in the car, rather than self-reporting actions like texting and driving. This survey revealed that 53 percent of drivers admit that they have been passengers in a car where the driver was texting and driving. This is almost double the number of drivers who self-report texting and driving. The large discrepancy in these numbers suggests that many drivers are lying about texting and driving.
This isn’t surprising, as people tend to underreport bad behavior on surveys, but if the number of drivers texting while driving really is much higher than currently believed, our roads are even less safe than we had previously thought. Although it is possible that some of the survey takers are referring to a smaller group of texting drivers or have overestimated themselves, it is more likely that significantly more people are lying about texting and driving than we knew with such a large margin of difference between the two numbers. These results mean that the U.S. has a lot of work to do to better prevent texting and driving.
Why Texting and Driving Is a Problem
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11 percent of all drivers on the road at any given time are using their cell phones. While not all are texting, significant proportions are. This is terrifying when you consider that drivers who are texting while driving are 23 percent more likely to be in a crash.
In fact, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute determined that a driver who is texting takes his eyes off the road for an average of five seconds. This may not seem like much, but if you are driving at just 55 miles per hour, you will have driven the length of a football field during that time. Even worse, the average distracted driving accident occurs within just three seconds of becoming distracted and taking your eyes of the road.
As you can see, texting and driving is not worth the risk. We should make sure that we are really not guilty of this risky behavior, not simply lying to ourselves (and survey takers) about it. Our family’s lives depend on it.
Unfortunately, some people will always risk it, despite texting while driving being illegal in most states, including Illinois. This negligence can cause terrible car accidents that are difficult to recover from. If you are injured in an accident caused by another driver’s poor choices, you may deserve additional compensation. Call the experienced Illinois accident attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 to see how we may be able to help you get the money you need to recover. You did not deserve to be in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, but we will fight for you to get the compensation you do deserve.