Industry Study Indicates an Increase in Distracted Driving and Cell Phone Use
A new study released by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers suggests that levels of distractions behind the wheel among American motorists are much higher than feared.
The study is the first such report released by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which is the auto industry’s trade association. The group represents several auto companies, and the survey focused on a number of subjects that are important to consumers, like safety.
You can’t talk auto safety without focusing on distracted driving, which has been called the “drunk driving of this generation.” The results of the study indicate that there’s much to be afraid of. The study shows that more than 90% of Americans keep their cell phone close by when they’re driving a car. The cell phone is usually placed on the motorist’s lap, in the passenger seat, in the cup holder, or in the hand.
This means that drivers find it much harder to resist the distraction when the cell phone rings, or when there is a beep, indicating an incoming text message.
The study also finds that motorists aren’t just using their cell phones for texting and speaking while driving. Approximately 30% of them use their smart phones frequently for surfing the Internet, while 30% frequently use their smart phones to send or receive e-mails and text messages while driving. 67% of them use their smart phone devices as GPS devices while driving.
As phones have become smarter and more sophisticated, there has been an increase in potential distractions for motorists. When your phone does much more than allow you to have a conversation with a friend or read a text message, it becomes a much more destructive tool, increasing your risk of being involved in an accident. If you or a loved one have been involved in a distracted-driving-related accident, contact one of our Colorado personal injury lawyers today. Learn more at: www.zanerhardenlaw.com.
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