Smartphones have brought about a new awareness when it comes to distracted driving, as it's now more common than ever for people to be on their phones -- and even texting, which takes their eyes off of the road entirely -- while they're driving. You may have heard that this increases risk and makes accidents more likely, but do you know just how bad it is? Below are a few key points.
Talking Is a Distraction, Too
There is a common misconception that texting is the only cellphone-related action that is dangerous, but researchers from the University of Utah discovered that you're actually four times as likely to crash when just talking on the phone as you are if you're concentrating on driving. This means that drunk driving and talking on your phone raise the risk by almost the exact same amount. Texting is worse -- twice as bad, to be specific. You're eight times as likely to crash while texting.
Truck Drivers Pose a Greater Danger
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which creates rules and regulations for truck drivers, texting could be even more dangerous than that. In their study, they found that the odds of an accident went up 23 times for commercial drivers who were texting.
More Than a Quarter of All Accidents Linked to Cellphones
Though there is some dispute about the numbers between the National Safety Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the former claims that cellphone use -- texting or calling -- is linked to 28 percent of all of the accidents in the United States. The NHTSA thinks the numbers are lower, though still significant, claiming distractions cause 17 percent of the accidents that lead to injuries and 10 percent of those that lead to fatalities.
Have You Been Injured?
As you can see, injuries caused by distracted drivers remain common, despite attempts to curb this trend. If you've been injured, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, the medical bills you face, lost wages while you're out of work, and more.
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