Survey: Drivers text, blame others for risky driving

In this age of information, everyone wants to always be connected. People rarely leave the house without their cellphones and many spend hours a week checking social media sites and updating their profiles. For some, this need to constantly be connected and interacting with friends and family, leads to some drivers even continuing to use their cellphones while driving.

Of course, using a cellphone while driving is already a concern, as drivers are not giving the task at hand — operating a motor vehicle — their full attention.

In Pennsylvania, it is legal to talk on a cellphone while driving. However, it is not legal to text while driving. But, even though there is a texting ban, there are still plenty of drivers who skirt the rules anyway.

According to the “Distracted and Risk-Prone Drivers” report, many drivers recognize that using a cellphone while driving is dangerous. In fact, 89 percent of those asked in a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study said other drivers on their cellphones puts others at risk. Another 95 percent reported similar feelings when it came to texting while driving. But, even though many reported feeling this way, 69 percent still admitted to talking on a cellphone, while 25 percent admitted to sending a text or an email.

Of younger drivers, 25 percent also admitted to checking or updating social media sites while behind the wheel.

This shows that while people know talking and texting is dangerous, many still do it anyway, but feel it is the other drivers on the roads who are the ones being negligent.

Texting while driving falls under the category of distracted driving, and it is one of the main causes of motor vehicle accidents. For those who are injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, it is important to make sure all the facts of the case are thoroughly investigated and that the other driver is held accountable for the injuries caused to others.

Source: MSN Autos, “Drivers on cellphones prone to other dangerous behaviors, AAA says,” Douglas Newcomb, Jan. 28, 2013

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