Distracted driving on the rise alongside awareness

Drivers in Georgia and across the United States are aware of the dangers of distracted driving. However, a recent study shows that while many drivers recognize the risks posed by chatting on a cell phone, texting or emailing behind the wheel, they continue to engage in such activities. The survey was conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety as part of an annual Traffic Safety Culture Index.

The study found that since 2013, the number of drivers who say they have recently spoken on a handheld mobile phone while driving has increased by 46 percent. Moreover, 88 percent of the participants expressed an escalated concern about the risks that distracted driving involves. Almost half of the respondents said they had recently spoken on a mobile phone, and 45 percent of those who were surveyed said they had recently read an email or a text while behind the wheel. An additional 35 percent of the participants said that they had recently sent emails or texts while driving.

At the same time, 58 percent of the respondents said that talking on a cell phone behind the wheel could pose a serious danger, and an overwhelming 78 percent expressed a high level of concern about the dangers of texting while driving. The survey included 2,613 licensed drivers across the United States. All the participants had driven in the past 30 days and were aged 16 or older.

The concerns about distracted driving are backed up by evidence of an increased number of motor vehicle accidents that are caused by people who talk or text while behind the wheel. These crashes can lead to serious injuries and lifelong disabilities for other individuals on the road. People who have been injured as a result of another driver's distracted or dangerous behavior can work with a personal injury attorney to seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

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