We’ve all seen irresponsible drivers talking on their cellphones while zipping down the highway. But a driver looking down at a phone to text, check email, or even post on Facebook has surpassed voice calls as the newest driving distraction.
According to State Farm Insurance's annual distracted driving survey, drivers under 29 remain most likely to drive distracted. But the truth is that drivers of every age are liable to cause smartphone car accidents—especially since smartphone use is on the rise in every age category.
This year marked the first time in history that smartphone ownership among 30 to 39-year-olds equaled the rate of 18 to 29-year-olds (86 percent). In addition, smartphone ownership among 40 to 49-year-olds rose to 82 percent this year, and 64 percent of drivers aged 50 to 64 now own smartphones.
According to the survey, unsafe phone behaviors are regular occurrences for:
- Young drivers – Half of all drivers between the ages of 18 to 29 reported using their smartphones to access the internet. In this same age group, 69 percent admitted to texting while driving and 31 percent said they answered emails behind the wheel.
- Internet users – Of the entire group surveyed, the percentage of drivers who used their phones to access the Internet while driving increased from 13 percent in 2009 to 24 percent in 2013.
- Texters – Even more worryingly, 35 percent of drivers reported texting while driving, and 16 percent said they regularly answered emails.
While forty-one states have banned texting while driving, over half of the survey respondents said that they have not seen any noticeable enforcement of the anti-texting and handheld bans. In many cases, drivers who are texting or accessing the internet on their phones are not cited until after they have caused a smartphone car accident.
If someone you love was injured by a distracted driver, experienced and compassionate New Jersey car accident lawyer Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you and your family receive compensation for your suffering. Call our offices today at 877-360-0183 to begin your FREE, one-on-one consultation. Your call is free, and we do not charge you anything unless we win your case.