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Cell Phone Usage on Connecticut Roads Increases Driver Distraction

texting while drivingThe National Safety Council issued a whitepaper on crashes that involved the use of a cellphone, which highlighted driver distraction dangers. The document also showed the issues in tracking the accidents accurately. In this report, research indicated that police reports do not accurately report cell phone usage, even when the cell phone involvement was easily observed. According to the NSC, there is enough evidence to support their case for the dangers of underreporting.

In fact, it seems underreporting has led to an underestimate of the actual threat to public safety associated with distracted driving that comes with mobile usage. In Connecticut, using a handheld device is illegal but it doesn’t seem to be deterring drivers as much as hoped. It also seems police are no investigating the use of cell phones when other infractions, such as reckless driving or intoxication, occur since the other charges are easier to prove.

Nationally, this has become an issue. Below are some staggering statistics that shed light on the impact of cellular devices on the road.

Mobile Device Statistics

  • In fatal accidents involving teenagers, 21% were distracted by a handheld device.
  • There is a 400% increase in the amount of time drivers’ eyes are off the road due to texting while driving.
  • Each day, approximately 11 teenagers die due to texting while driving.
  • Texting while driving bans are supported by about 94% of drivers.
  • Of those same drivers, 74% are in support of a ban on handheld devices.
  • Compared to adult drivers, teenagers are four times more likely to either crash or nearly have an accident as a result of cell phone usage (both talking and texting).
  • Compared to drunk driving, drivers who text while operating a vehicle are six times more likely to cause an accident.
  • Texting is the most dangerous activity in mobile usage while driving.
  • In a poll conducted by AAA, 94% of teenage drivers surveyed know of the dangers of texting and driving yet 34% admitted to participating in the behavior.
  • Teenage drivers with one passenger are at twice the risk of a fatal car accident while teenagers with two or more passengers increase their risk by as much as five times.
  • Answering a text message, on average, takes 5 seconds. If you are traveling at 55 mph, that means your eyes are off the road for the length of an entire football field.

While it is acknowledged that text messaging while operating a vehicle is dangerous, many still do it each day. If you have been in an accident due to the cell phone usage of another driver, contact us today. We will use the extent of the law to ensure your rights are protected and justice is reached.

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