Drivers Engage in Distracting Behavior Despite Knowing the Risks

by Staff | November 5th, 2014

Advancements in technology have allowed us to share information faster than ever before, but this costs many lives as the number of car accidents associated with distracted driving continues to rise. While most drivers are aware of this danger, one new study indicates this knowledge does little to curtail the behavior.

WTHITV 10 News reports that AT&T surveyed more than 1,000 adults about their use of cellphones and electronic devices while driving.

While 98 percent of those who were surveyed stated they were aware of the dangers of texting and driving, roughly three-quarters of those same individuals stated they have texted and driven in the past. A total of 66 percent said they have read text messages while the vehicle was stopped for traffic, and more than 25 percent admitted to sending text messages to others while driving.

So why are people engaging in such dangerous behavior despite being aware of the risks? It seems as though the fear of missing out on something is the answer. Twenty-eight percent said the thought they might miss an important message or event if they didn’t check their phones. Still 25 percent of others thought their driving wasn’t affected by texting or talking on a phone.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have seen the devastating results distracted driving can have, which is why our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers are asking motorists to consider signing the “It Can Wait” pledge—a promise not to drive without your full attention being on the road.

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