In August 2017, Progressive insurance conducted a study involving roughly 1,000 drivers over the 18 who were not Progressive customers. Generally speaking, most Pennsylvania residents and others believed that distracted driving was one of the biggest causes of accidents. Over 90 percent of respondents said that it should be illegal. However, more than one-third of those who responded said that they were confident in their ability to text while driving.
It is important to point out that there was a difference in opinion between older and younger drivers when it came to that assertion. Of those between the ages of 18-34 who responded to the survey, 62 percent said that they could safely text and drive. However, only 6 percent of respondents ages 55 and older shared that belief. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 3,477 people died and 391,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.
In addition to texting while driving, 43 percent of respondents said that it was acceptable to listen to music through a phone while operating a motor vehicle. Other actions some respondents found acceptable while driving included using a map or making a phone call. Drivers said that they used their phones while in a car to look at maps either while stopped at a light, stuck in traffic or while driving.
Accidents involving distracted drivers may lead to catastrophic injuries. This may be because distracted drivers do not stop or slow down prior to a collision. Those who have been hurt in a car accident may wish to talk with an attorney. It may be possible to gather evidence, such as cell phone records or witness statements, that may verify that a driver was negligent in causing a crash because he or she was distracted.