Drivers’ Use of Electronic Devices on the Rise
We all know by now that it’s just not safe to operate electronics while driving. Forty-one states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam have laws that ban texting while driving. In addition, eleven states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands outlaw any cell phone use while driving. Sadly, though, drivers aren’t getting the message, and victims of distracted driving pay the price.
Recently released data from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is discouraging. According to a report by the NHTSA, the percentage of motorists who text message or visibly operate electronic devices while behind the wheel more than doubled from 0.6 percent in 2009 to 1.5 percent in 2012, the last year for which data is available.
Among motorists ages 16-24, already a statistically unsafe population on the roads, the number of drivers who were visibly using handheld devices increased from 1.1 percent to 3.0 percent in the same period, with a peak of 3.7 percent occurring in 2011
When a driver chooses to use an electronic device when driving, he or she makes a choice to endanger the safety of others. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, our car accident attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve.