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State Farm Survey Finds Drivers Still Think Distraction is a Problem

By John Page on November 20, 2012 - Comments off

State Farm Insurance recently released the results of its 2012 survey of nearly 1,000 drivers. The survey asked drivers about distractions behind the wheel, including whether drivers used their cell phones or other mobile devices while driving and what they thought about the state of distracted-driving laws in the U.S.

Survey Distracted DrivingWhen compared to last year’s survey results, the 2012 survey revealed that while texting and talking behind the wheel are going down, “webbing,” or checking the Internet while driving, is going up. Nearly 50 percent of those surveyed admitted to checking e-mail, reading social media sites, or even updating their Facebook or Twitter as they drove. This habit was highest among young drivers, ages 18-29, although a significant number of drivers in their 30s admitted to both checking e-mail and talking on the phone while they drove.

About 75 percent of those surveyed thought that state laws banning or limiting distractions behind the wheel – including texting and handheld cell phone use – were a good idea. About two-thirds, or 66 percent, said they didn’t think states were doing enough to enforce the distracted driving laws they already have. Also, about 45 percent strongly supported technology that would prevent texting or talking on a handheld device by a driver.

Distracted driving needs only a few seconds to cause catastrophic injuries or even take a life. If you’ve been seriously hurt by a distracted driver, the St. Louis County distracted driving accident lawyers at Page Law can help you fight to hold any negligent parties accountable for the harm you have suffered. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a confidential case evaluation.

 

Even While Looking at the Road, Drivers May be Distracted

By John Page on July 3, 2012 - Comments off

A recent study released by the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that driver distraction is a much larger problem than merely not looking at the road. A driver’s brain may not be registering key pieces of information even if he or she is looking at the roadway.

Over 285.6 million people in the U.S. currently have a cell phone, and about 11 percent of drivers are talking on their cell phones at any one time, according to the NSC. Car accidents cause as many as 46,000 deaths and 2.2 million injuries each year.

Drivers and government bodies have long been aware of the risks of taking one’s eyes off the road to dial a cell phone or to text. Many states have banned texting while driving and/or using a handheld cell phone, hoping that this will improve distraction. However, studies of hands-free cell phone use have found that even when the driver’s eyes never leave the road, the brain’s processing power may still be consumed by the content of the phone conversation. With one’s attention on the call and not the road, the driver can easily miss key events, such as a red light or someone pulling out in front of them, and cause a crash.

Driver distractions can cause serious accidents and take lives. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a distracted driver, a trained St. Louis County distracted driving accident lawyer at Page Law can help. To talk to us about your distracted driving accident free of charge, call us today at (314) 322-8515.

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