Billions of text messages are sent via cell phones and handheld devices around the world every month, and countless phone calls are made. There is no telling how many of these different communications occur while at least one person involved is behind the wheel of a vehicle, but we know that it is a big enough problem that certain states around the country have enacted laws that either severely restrict or completely ban some or all of these practices. The reason is obvious – cell phones distract drivers, and distracted driving is dangerous driving.
Several different academic and governmental entities have been studying the issue of distracted driving in recent years in large part because of the introduction of this technology to the consumer market. Insurance companies, who also face risks when their drivers engage in these activities, have been studying the issue as well, and one prominent survey was recently released by State Farm that took a long look at the different types of distractions tempting drivers. A link to the full survey can be found here, but below is a breakdown of how five different age groups deal with talking on cell phones and sending and receiving text messages.
- Drivers Between 18 and 29 Years Old
As many would have guessed, this is the age group that is most likely to talk on cell phones and to send or read text messages. 69 percent of these drivers admitted to texting while driving and 77 percent admitted to talking on a cell phone.
- Drivers Between 30 and 39 Years Old
The numbers were a bit lower for drivers who were in their 30s, as 50 percent admitted to sending or receiving text messages while driving and 60 percent admitted to having phone conversations while behind the wheel.
- Drivers Between 40 and 49 Years Old
The numbers continued to drop for drivers in their 40s when it came to text messaging, as 31 percent of people in this age group admitted to engaging in this activity while driving. However, 58 percent admitted to talking on the phone, which is nearly identical to the percentage of drivers in their 30s.
- Drivers Between 50 and 64 Years Old
When we reach drivers who are at least 50 years old, we begin to deal with people who are not as likely to have cell phones. Regardless of the reasons, the numbers were lower for this group as only 19 percent of drivers admitted to texting while behind the wheel and 51 percent admitted to talking on a cell phone.
- Drivers 65 Years Old and Older
Drivers who were at least 65 years old were unlikely to send or read text messages while driving as only five percent admitted to doing so. In addition, only 37 percent of people in this age group had spoken on the phone.
While it is interesting and informative to break down this dangerous driving habit by age, the fact of the matter is that giving into this temptation creates danger for everyone on the road at any given time. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a distracted driver, contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.