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Texting While Driving Statistics: About 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year. While teenagers are texting, they spend about 10 percent of the time outside the driving lane they’re supposed to be in.


Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver’s driver s reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old. Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. That is enough time to travel the length of a football field. Statistics p provided by y www.NAIDW.org g


ď ś2011 Distracted Driving Statistics: ď ś ď śMost adults who drive admit to engaging in distracted driving behaviors, according to a HealthDay poll from November 10 1014, 2011. More than 2,800 American adults responded to the poll. Results showed the following statistics:


Approximately 86% of drivers said they ate or drank while driving at some point, point and 57% said they do it “sometimes” or “often.”Over 1/3 / of drivers ((37%)) have sent or received text messages while driving, and 18% said they do it regularly.


Forty-one percent of adult drivers have set or changed a GPS system while driving, and 21% do it “more frequently.”Many q y y adult drivers (36%) ( ) have read a map while driving, and 10% do it “sometimes” or “often.”One in five drivers have combed or styled his or her hair while driving. One in ten does it regularly. regularly


ď śHave you ever seen a driver putting on makeup? Approximately 14% have done it once, and 7% do it frequently. ď śAbout 13% of adult drivers have surfed the Internet while driving.Results of the poll showed that younger drivers were more likely to engage in distracted driving.


ď śMen were more likely to drive while drowsy drive after drinking drowsy, drinking, read a map, map use a GPS system, and use the Internet. ď śA large percentage of the people said they y know distracted driving g is dangerous, but do it anyway.


ď śDriver Electronic Use in 2010 ď śAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the percentage of drivers who were using a cell phone (texting or manipulating it in some way) increased to 0.9% in 2010.The percentage of drivers using a cell phone while holding it to their ears was 5% in 2010Th level 2010The l l off hand-held h d h ld cell ll phone h use was higher among female drivers than it was for male drivers. drivers


ď śYounger drivers ages 16 to 24 were more likely to use a hand hand-held held cell phone.More phone More than three-quarters reported that they were likely y to answer calls on all,, most,, or some trips while driving. They also said that they rarely consider traffic situations when deciding to use their cell phones. ď śTh ď śThere were 3,092 3 092 deaths d th in i distractiondi t ti related accidents in 2010, but the number is likely much higher. higher


ď śMost drivers said they are willing to answer a call or text while driving, driving but most of these same drivers said they would feel unsafe as a p passenger g in a car where the driver was sending or receiving text messages.


Study Reveals the Dangers of Texting While Driving  The following statistics come from a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation p Institute ((VTTI): )  Of all cell phone related tasks – including talking, dialing, or reaching for the phone – texting while driving is the most dangerous. dangerous


ď śTeen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near crash events directly related to talking g on a cell p phone or texting.A g car driver dialing a cell phone is 2.8 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-distracted driver. ď ś A driver reaching for a cell phone or any other th electronic l t i d device i iis 1 1.4 4 times ti more likely to experience a car crash. ď ś A car driver talking on their phone is 1.3 13 times more likely to get into an accident.


ď śA truck driver texting while driving is 23 2 times more likely to get into an 23.2 accident than a trucker paying full attention to the road. ď śA truck driver dialing a cell is 5.9 times more likely y to crash. ď śA trucker reaching for a phone or other device is 6.7 times more likely to experience a truck accident.


ď śFor every 6 seconds of drive time, a driver sending or receiving a text message spends 4.6 of those seconds with their eyes y off the road. This makes texting the most distracting of all cell phone related tasks.


ď śPennsylvania Cell Phone Car Crash Stats ď śIn Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania although there are no laws regarding talking on the cell or sending g text messages g while driving, g there are emerging statistics that show the connection between cell phone use and d car wrecks. k


There were 23,059 crashes involving 16to 19 19-year-olds year olds in 2008, 2008 resulting in 194 deaths. Driver distraction contributed to about 10% of them,, but the number could be much higher.In Pennsylvania, there were 1,298 cell phone related accidents in 2008. Off those accidents, 9 resulted in death. F From 2003 tto 2006, 2006 car accidents id t from f cell phone use lead to 50 deaths across the state of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania


ď śCell phone-related car accidents shot up 43 percent in western Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2006.A normal, undistracted driver fails to notice an important p road event (like another driver mistake) 3% of the time. An adult dialing a cell phone misses that event 13% off the time, and a teenager dialing a cell phone misses it 53% of the time.According time According to PennDOT, PennDOT from 2002 to 2006 there were 5,715 car accidents linked to the use of hand hand-held held cell phones in PA.


PennDOT also reports 367 accidents in the same time period involving hands free cell phones or Bluetooth communication devices.  In 2004 alone, hand hand-held held cell phone use contributed to over 1,170 Pennsylvania car crashes.


Accidents involving talking or texting on a cell phone rose from 168 in 2003 to 228 in 2005 in the Western Pennsylvania region. g That’s a 36 p percent increase in over two years. provided by y Edgar g Snyder y &  Statistics p Assoc.


ď śWith statistics as catastrophic as this, its amazing that anyone still texts and drives. The effects of a motor vehicle accident are never limited to those directly involved in the accident itself. ď ś These victims have families, children, husbands, wifes, moms, dads, grandkids, brothers and sisters. The effects have such h an impact i t that th t so many lives li are impacted.


ď śThe consequences of a car accident almost always extend beyond a person person's s initial injuries and trauma. Along with the impact p on the family, y, there is future medical treatments, lost wages and earnings and the extent of the emotional pain and suffering ff resulting from f the car accident. And God forbid, the accident involves a fatality. fatality


So please don't text and drive. Be a responsible driver. driver Think about the impact your actions may have on so many y lives,, mothers,, daughters, g , fathers,, sons, parents, and so on. Think if it were your family that had to deal with losing you. That text can wait until you reach your destination, lives are counting on it! G t th Get the b bestt Personal P l injury i j l lawyer, contact now Snyder Wilies Lawyers here: http://www snyderwileslaw com/ http://www.snyderwileslaw.com/


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