Dangers of Distracted Driving - Consumer Justice Foundation

Dangers of Distracted Driving

Written by Faith Anderson on January 24, 2013
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Multitaskers are Thrill Seekers

The study involved 310 undergraduate students – 134 male and 176 female – who were subjected to various tests that assessed their ability to multitask, their ability to use different electronic devices, their personality traits, and their perception of their own multitasking abilities. Researchers indicated that impulsive people and those who are constantly seeking thrills are generally the ones who multitask while driving, i.e. texting or talking on the phone. On the contrary, people who are actually good at multitasking don’t actually do many things at once. The study authors also noted that people who tend to multitask are typically not the ones who are good at it, but are instead the ones who can’t ignore distractions while focusing on a single task.

Injuries and Deaths Caused by Texting While Driving

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 15 people die and more than 1,200 others are injured in accidents caused by people who are distracted while driving. And, despite the fact that distracted driving includes talking on the phone, eating, drinking, using GPS and talking to other people in the car, the CDC warns that texting while driving causes more accidents than these other distractions, largely because it involves manual, visual and cognitive distractions. Approximately 9% of all drivers in the United States admit to texting while driving – either regularly or fairly often – and more than one-quarter of these distracted drivers are between 18 and 29 years of age.

Contact an Experienced Attorney for Help

“The negative relation between cellular communication while driving and multitasking ability appears to further bolster arguments for legislation limiting the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle,” the researchers concluded. While most U.S. states have established some sort of ban on cell phone use and/or texting for drivers, no state bans all cell phone use for all drivers and only 39 states prohibit text messaging for all drivers. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in which the other driver was texting while driving, or was otherwise distracted, contact an experienced attorney in your area to discuss your legal options. With the help of a knowledgeable lawyer, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the person or party found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills.

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