While there are many factors that could lead to drivers being distracted — including interacting with passengers, eating, or adjusting the vehicle’s audio system — one of the most frequent, if not preventable, causes of distracted driving is the use of cellphones.

Among other facts about cellphones and driving, according to a website from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • As of the end of last year, in this country, more than 171,300,000,000 — that’s 171.3 billion — text messages were sent every month.
  • 1 out of every 10 crashes resulting in injuries in 2011 were due, at least in part, to a distracted driver.
  • In this country, at any given time during the day, more than 600,000 drivers are using electronic devices, including cellphones, while they drive.
  • About 25 percent of teenage drivers respond to at least one text message whenever they drive.
  • 1 in 5 teens and 1 in 10 parents say they routinely have text message conversations while driving.

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While individual drivers can limit their likelihood of being distracted by not using cellphones or other electronic devices while driving, there are still many drivers who don’t think their behavior is dangerous enough to quit. People in Pittsburgh who are harmed by distracted drivers may wish to consult with an experienced car accident injury attorney.

Source: Distraction.gov, “What is distracted driving?” Retrieved Oct. 22, 2013

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