Why do Georgia drivers continue to text behind the wheel?

There are many different reasons why drivers still text and drive, even though they realize that this activity is hazardous.

Many drivers in Georgia and throughout the country know that texting and driving is dangerous. According to a recent survey released by AT&T, 98 percent of the drivers who owned a cellphone and texted regularly said that they knew texting behind the wheel has the potential to cause serious car accidents. Despite this realization, nearly three quarters of the participants said that they still text and drive.

Reasons cited by the participants

This survey also discovered that there are many different reasons why drivers continue to text behind the wheel. These included some of the following:

  • Over a quarter of the participants said that when they text and drive, their ability to drive safely is not affected.
  • Out of all of the participants, 28 percent said that they worry that they will miss out on important information if they do not read and respond to text messages immediately.
  • Nearly 43 percent of the participants said that they text and drive because they want to stay connected to their friends, family members and co-workers.
  • Almost a third of the drivers said that they still text and drive because it has become a habit.

Some of the other reasons cited by the participants related to why they continue to text behind the wheel included an addiction to texting, the belief that others expect them to respond to messages right away and the belief that they can multitask effectively.

Texting is one of the most dangerous forms of distraction

Drivers, passengers and pedestrians can sustain severe injuries in a car accident regardless of what type of distraction was involved. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that texting and driving is one of the most dangerous distractions because it combines all three forms of driver distraction. These include cognitive, visual and manual distraction. Additionally, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, when drivers text, they become 23 times more likely to cause an accident than drivers who remain undistracted.

Many are injured or killed every day

Many drivers in Georgia and throughout the country are injured or killed every day when another person decides to text behind the wheel or engage in another form of distraction. The CDC states that on a daily basis, more than 1,153 people are injured and more than nine people die in collisions involving distraction.

Georgia drivers who are involved in a distracted driving accident may suffer from physical, emotional and financial harm. If you were recently injured in a motor vehicle collision, reach out to an attorney to determine what compensation may be available to you.

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