Motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers killed 3,477 road users around the country in 2015 according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and a recent study from Progressive Insurance reveals that more than nine out of 10 motorists think that texting while driving should be illegal. The automobile insurance provider polled approximately 1,000 American drivers 18 and over about distracted driving and texting while behind the wheel, and they discovered that young men are particularly prone to this kind of dangerous behavior.
While only 6 percent of the drivers aged 55 or older told researchers that they felt confident in their abilities to text while driving, 62 percent of the drivers under the age of 34 who were polled said that they could use their smartphones safely while behind the wheel. The researchers also found that men were close to twice as likely as women to claim that they were able to text safely while driving.
The researchers also discovered that many drivers have double standards when it comes to distracted driving. A senior Progressive Insurance executive pointed out that motorists were nearly unanimous in recognizing the dangers of using cellphones while behind the wheel and were quick to criticize others who behaved in this way. However, he also observed that many of these same drivers than went on to claim that they could make a call or send a text message without endangering other road users.
Accidents caused by distracted and inattentive drivers often claim lives or cause catastrophic injuries, and the negligent motorists responsible are often killed themselves or sent to prison for decades. In these situations, experienced personal injury attorneys may seek compensation for accident victims by filing lawsuits against the deceased or incarcerated driver's estate or insurance company.