Traffic Safety Facts: Driver Electronic Device Use

Distracted driving has become a huge issue in many states across the U.S., specifically that which includes texting while driving. The decrease of handheld devices used while driving from 2014 to 2015 was so small (3.8%) that it wasn’t even recognized as being “significant.” Based on the statistics, it is determined that an estimated 542,000 passenger vehicles were driven while somebody was using a cell phone. Higher estimates have been shown for female drivers and those within the 16-to-24-year-old age range.

These numbers are important because many of the people driving distracted are actually disobeying the law. Many states as of now restrict the use of cell phones by those who are driving. Some of these states include California, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, and even our own New Jersey.

The Stats Show That You Are More Likely to Text and Drive When You Are… 

  • A female driver (5.1%) as opposed to a male driver (3.6%)
  • Those who are 16-24 (5.8%) versus those who are 25-69 (4.3%)
  • Those who are traveling through rain (5.0%) as opposed to fog (3.5%)
  • Those who drive a pick-up truck (4.7%) versus a passenger vehicle (4%)
  • Those who drive on the weekdays (4.8%) as opposed to the weekends (2.8%)

By understanding these statistics, we can learn more about putting an end to distracted driving. If you have been injured in an accident due to somebody’s negligence, such as a distracted driving accident, we can help you gain the compensation you deserve. Call us today for more information on how we can assist you.