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Drivers' actions contradict beliefs regarding distracted driving

Distracted driving is just one of the dangerous behaviors that can result in fatal traffic accidents. According to a study conducted by Progressive Insurance, almost one third of drivers are comfortable with texting and driving, even though most consider distracted driving to be the main cause of motor vehicle accidents. Over 90 percent of the people who participated in the study believe that distracted driving should be against the law.

The study was implemented online in August 2017 and targeted insured drivers who were not customers of Progressive. Around 1,000 drivers at or over the age of 18 responded to the study. Age seems to have a bearing on one's attitude regarding texting and driving. Over 60 percent of drivers from 18 to 34 years old are assured of their ability to text safely while behind the wheel. This is in comparison to the 6 percent of drivers who are 55 years or older and who share the same confidence.

Based on information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,477 fatalities in 2015 that resulted from motor vehicle crashes in which distracted driving was a factor. Distracted drivers were also responsible for the injuries of 391,000 people in that same year. The largest age group that was distracted when fatal car accidents occurred were teenagers.

Twenty-one percent and 11 percent of women have high confidence in their ability to text safely while driving. Yet 88 percent of men and 97 percent of women believe that texting while behind the wheel should be illegal. People who have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver might want to have an attorney's assistance when attempting to be compensated for their medical bills and other losses.

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