Texting and driving: teenagers aren’t the only ones doing it

Did you think that only teenagers were irresponsible enough to text message on their cell phones while driving? Think not! According to a Pew Research study, adult drivers are text messaging while driving too.

Compare the following statistics for teenage drivers and adult drivers:

Teens and Cell Phones

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  • 75% of American teenagers own cellphones and 66% of these teens text message.
  • 82% of teens between 16 and 17 have a cell phone.
  • 34% of teens who text message admit to texting while driving.
  • 48% of teens say they have been a passenger in a car whose driver was texting.

Adults and Cell Phones

  • 82% of adults have cell phones.
  • 47% of adult cell phone users report texting while driving.
  • 27% of all adults report texting while driving.
  • 49% of adults report they have been a passenger in a car whoe driver was texting.
  • 44% of adult report they have used a cell phone in a car in a manner that puts themselves or others at danger.
  • 17% of adults report bumping into something while driving when using a cell phone.

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents resulting in property damage, serious injury and death. In Washington State, using a hand-held cell phone is also against the law.

If you believe your car accident was caused by the other driver’s negligent use of a cell phone, you may have grounds to file civil case which will hold the negligent driver responsible for your damages including medical costs, property damages, loss of wages and pain and suffering.

Contact The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm with more than 30 years experience representing accident victims and their families.

Pew Research Center
Adults and Cell Phone Distraction

Published by Marry Madden, Senior Research Specialist Lee Rainie, Director Published June 18, 2010

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