7 Facts about Using a Cell Phone While Driving
In recent years, there has been increasing attention paid to the dangers of cell phone use while driving. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether such reports are scare tactics from programs seeking an audience or if, instead, they represent legitimate safety concerns. The following facts indicate that the latter is most likely the case:
- Almost 50% of teenage drivers and 20% of adult drivers admit to texting while driving.
- In 2002, approximately 2,500 people died and 330,000 were injured due to drivers using cell phones. By 2009, those numbers had grown to 5,500 and 480,000, respectively.
- About half of all teenage drivers text while behind the wheel, and studies show that while engaged in texting they spend about 10% of their time out of their lane.
- While many people feel safer using a hands-free device to chat while driving, multiple studies show that this can be just as dangerous as holding a phone and talking.
- Many studies have shown that using a mobile device while driving is as dangerous or it can be even more hazardous than drinking and driving.
- Roughly 1 in 4 accidents is caused by a driver using his or her cell phone.
- If you text while driving, you are about 6 times more likely to cause an accident than a person who drives while intoxicated.
If you or a loved one were injured by someone using a cell phone while driving, these dangers are already real and obvious to you. Dealing with the aftermath of a major car accident can be physically, emotionally, and financially difficult. Contact the Wisconsin car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today to begin work on your case.