Teenage girl texting on cell phone while driving

Teenage girl texting on cell phone while driving


Cedar Rapids, IA- We’ve all seen a motorists who seem to be paying attention to things other than their driving. They are all over the road and we can’t help but wonder if they are going to cause an accident. Oftentimes we find those erratic motorists are using their cell phones, but a new study shows that those handy devices aren’t the only distractions.
A recent study appearing in the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security shows that, despite aggressive safety campaigns aimed at discouraging distracted driving, this risky habit is on the rise. And it’s not just cell phones that are taking motorists’ attention away from the road.
“Based on recent studies, anything that takes your attention away, any glance away from the road for two seconds or longer can increase the risk of an accident from four to 24 times,” David Hurwitz, author of the study and assistant professor of transportation engineering in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University said, according to Science Daily.
The study of 3,000 teen drivers found that, although teens know the dangers of using their cell phone behind the wheel, but they aren’t aware that of the distractions presented by eating, talking to passengers are fiddling with the radio. Thirty percent of respondents said they changed their clothes or shoes while driving and some even said they did their homework.
The study, reported on by Science Daily, also found that girls text behind the wheel more often than boys, but boys had a tendency to look at their passengers when they were talking.
And if you think teens are the only offenders, you’d be totally wrong. Adults, too, ignore the potential dangers of distracted driving with cell phones being their greatest distraction. But they eat and fiddle with radio, as well.
The notion that using your cell phone behind the wheel is dangerous has raised people’s awareness, but distracted driving campaigns haven’t actually reduced this risky behavior. In 2014 survey, 98 percent of motorists who drove often and text daily said they knew using their cell phone behind the wheel was dangerous. But that’s not enough to stop them, at least three-fourths of respondents said they did it anyway. A third said they read or sent text messages while sitting at a red light and one-fourth said they sent texts while they were actively driving.
There are a plethora of drivers who take safety to heart and are conscientious of their driving, but it only takes one oblivious driver to change a person’s life for the worst. While many traffic accidents are minor, hundreds of thousands of people are seriously injured in accident each year. Fortunately for these accident victims, there is a course of action they can take to recoup the costs they have incurred at the hands of a careless motorists.
Accident victims are urged to speak with an Iowa personal injury attorney to discuss their accident and determine the course of action they can take to get compensation for injuries. When you have an attorney fighting on your behalf, you can be confident that you will be awarded a generous settlement for troubles.

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