Texting while you are behind the wheel has been proven to be just as deadly as driving with your eyes closed. Even so, many still text and drive-including more adults every day. If you believe the biggest offenders when it comes to texting while driving are teens and young people, reconsider. Courtesy of New Brunswick Patch, and published on April 2nd, 2013, a new survey completed by AT&T shows that adults could be worse than teens when it comes to texting behind the wheel. Forty-nine percent of adults admitted to text messaging while driving. That percentage compares to 43 percent of teen drivers who admit to texting while driving.
Texting is newer for adults than for teens and has taken longer to catch on. Sixty percent of adults said they started texting while driving during the past three years. That is the case even though 98 percent of adults surveyed who responded that they text while driving believe that doing so is a dangerous habit.
The problem has grown worse over the past three years, with 60 percent of commuters responding that they never texted while driving three years ago.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. You can set an example for your children by visiting the website: http://www.itcanwait.com and signing the pledge never to text and drive again. A total of 75 percent of teens surveyed report seeing their parents text while driving and 75 percent say they commonly observe texting while driving among their peers. No text is worth the loss of a life.
The New Jersey auto accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know that distracted drivers come in all ages. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, the at-fault driver must be held accountable for texting while driving. Call our office at (609) 240-0040 or complete our online contact form. We offer a no-cost consultation.