Most people, it appears, acknowledge the dangers of distracted driving. The majority of drivers nonetheless engage in this risky behavior.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released its annual Traffic Safety Culture Index. The information is enlightening and timely as April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month.” In this latest effort, the organization surveyed 2,500 licensed drivers. The survey was conducted online.
Negligent Driving Habits
The survey assessed drivers’ views of reckless driving behaviors, such as cell phone use, speeding, drunk driving, and more. They were asked to assess the threat levels of each to their personal safety. They overwhelmingly gauged them as very dangerous:
- Talking on cell phone while driving – 86 percent reported very or somewhat serious threat
- Drinking and driving – 86 percent reported very or somewhat serious threat
- Texting and driving – 96 percent reported very or somewhat serious threat
- Speeding on the highway – 70 percent reported very or somewhat serious threat
- Drowsy driving – 82 percent reported very or somewhat serious threat
Seven Out of Ten People Have Used Cell Phone While Driving
While the drivers assessed these as dangerous habits, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that about 87 percent of the individuals admitted to doing one of them within the last 30 days.
For example, 70 percent of drivers in the survey said they had talked on a cell phone while behind the wheel. Almost one out of every three admitted they do this on a fairly regular basis.
And 42 percent said they had read a text or an email while they were supposed to have their eyes on the road. In terms of sending a text or email while driving, 32 percent of the drivers indicated they had within the last month.
All of this is more curious, if not alarming, given that one out of nine drivers in the survey said they had been seriously hurt in a car accident. Almost a third said they have a friend or family member severely injured or killed in a roadway accident.
Those who are careless behind the wheel willfully put innocent drivers and passengers in other vehicles at great risk. Victims of catastrophic motor vehicle accidents have the right to pursue financial recovery for the damages and losses they suffered.
If you were seriously injured or had a loved one killed in an accident caused by another driver, you may want to consult an experienced personal injury attorney.
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