Statistics Reveal the Dangers of Texting and Driving

When most drivers reach for their cell phone while they are behind the wheel, they may not realize that taking their attention away from the road can lead to a serious accident. Unfortunately, drivers who have been distracted by talking or texting on their mobile devices have been responsible for a growing number of Tampa car accidents in recent years.

According to a 2008 report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, one in seven drivers admit to text messaging while driving. Teenagers are the most likely drivers to text while driving, but most older drivers report that they are guilty of talking on their cell phones while driving, which is also a major distraction to driving safely.

  • 46% of 16 and 17 year old drivers admit to text messaging while driving
  • 48% of 18 to 24 year old drivers admit to text messaging while driving
  • 68% of 25 to 34 year old drivers report that they use the cell phones while driving
  • 65% of drivers with a college degree say they talk on their phones while driving

A report released by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute illustrates just how dangerous using a cell phone while driving can be. The study involved long-haul truckers who were recorded by video cameras installed in their cabs over a period of 18 months. It revealed that truck drivers were 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision.

Most drivers were found to spend at least five seconds interacting with their phone when these accidents took place. When traveling at highway speeds, this is enough time for a vehicle to travel the length of a football team, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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Drivers who are distracted by talking on their cell phone or texting while driving can be responsible for car accidents that have serious repercussions. If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident in our area, call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk at 1-800-753-5203.