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Distracted Driving Facts

THE UNITED STATES IS THE WORLD LEADER FOR TEXTING AND DRIVING.







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Since 2007, drivers from the ages 16-24 have been observed using electronic devices at a higher rate than older drivers.

NEWS & INFORMATION

  • Heartbreaking Statistics on Texting and Driving

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    Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an auto accident than drunk driving. To be clear, that’s not a seal of approval saying that drunk driving isn’t that bad. Any Salt Lake City lawyer that’s dealt with drunk driving cases can tell you that there is no shortage of people endangering lives because they’re drinking and driving.

    According to Mother Against Drunk Driving, a person is injured from a drunk driving crash. Since texting and driving is six times more likely to cause an accident, just imagine how high the injury rate is for texting and driving victims.

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  • The Cost of Texting and Driving

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    If you text and drive, chances are you will have an auto accident. It’s as simple as that. When you are in an accident because of texting and driving, the costs are more than emotional. Your decision to text and drive can suck your bank account dry.

    Fines and penalties for traffic violations vary depending on where you live. Texting and driving in Alaska will cost more in Alaska than Salt Lake City, but if serious injury or harm to another person occurs because you decided to text and drive, you’ll add the cost of hiring a lawyer to your bill. Even if you never text and drive, the damages caused by individuals that do cost you money as a taxpayer. Just know this: Texting and driving is never worth the cost.

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  • The Demographic Most Likely to Text and Drive

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    Teenagers are the demographic most likely to text and drive — right? Unfortunately, although teenagers are guilty of texting and driving, there’s actually another demographic more guilty of texting and driving than teenagers: middle-aged, wealthy white men. It doesn’t matter if it occurs in Provo, Utah or on the East Coast — this demographic has recently been under fire for texting and driving far more than other demographics.

    Does Higher Education Contribute to Texting and Driving?

    What makes this statistic particularly surprising is that most of the white, middle-aged men guilty of texting and driving also have college degrees. One would assume that higher education would correlate to safer driving; however, it appears as if social pressure is a major contributor to this statistic. Those in this demographic have what they perceive as a “safety net”; a higher income and access to a lawyer. Unfortunately, they’re more likely to cause an auto accident as a result of their risky driving behaviors.

    Higher Incomes and Perceived Safety Nets

    Interestingly, men in lower income brackets were much less likely to text and drive than men with higher incomes. And while most white, wealthy, middle-aged men admitted to believing that texting and driving was indeed dangerous — and likely to cause an unwanted auto accident — many relied on their ease of access to a lawyer as an excuse to perpetuate a dangerous, texting and driving situation.

    Safety Is a Top Priority

    Staying safe while driving is a top-level priority, regardless of your demographic, income or social status. And while most people are guilty of texting and driving at some point in their lives (maybe even offering excuses such as “I only text at red lights, etc.”), the reality of the situation is that texting and driving can cause a lethal auto accident. Refrain from making that devastating call to you lawyer — put down the phone once and for all while you’re behind the wheel.

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  • Which Is Worse: Texting While Driving or Driving Drunk?

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    Critics in Salt Lake City, Utah and around the country are arguing back and forth debating whether texting and driving is worse than drinking and driving. The fact is, both are bad. Both could cause a fatal auto accident, just ask your lawyer. Texting while driving is equivalent to driving after drinking four beers. You would never get behind the wheel when intoxicated. Using your phone while driving can be just as dangerous.

    Texting While Driving Kills

    Texting and driving is dangerous because the driver takes his or her attention off the road. The average time it takes to send a single text is 23 seconds. That being said, going 55 MPH, a car can travel the length of a football field in five seconds. Even within that distance, you could get into a fatal auto accident, but the average texting time is nearly five times that long. That is almost 500 yards without eyes on the road ahead.

    Drunk Driving Is on the Decline

    In a study by the NHTSA, data shows that drunk driving is on the decline. For decades, laws have been passed in all 50 states against drinking and driving. In 2002 there were around 12,400 drunk driving fatalities. In 2011, that number dropped to around 9,300 deaths. This is good news. However, the rise of texting while driving is skyrocketing.

    Texting and Driving Is Increasing

    Between 2002 and 2011, distracted driving fatalities have risen by 22 percent. The NHTSA reports 1.6 million auto accidents a year are caused because of texting or other phone-related distractions. Most states have already made laws against texting and driving. However, these laws are hard to enforce. In any case, if you are in an accident where the driver was texting or distracted in any way, talk to your lawyer.

    How Is the Law Enforced?

    For drunk drivers, police officers have breathalyzers and other tools to prove the driver was actually drinking. What do they do for distracted drivers? The question is still being debated. This is the bottom line thought: texting and driving is dangerous. No matter what laws they put into place, you should never text and drive.

    Take the Pledge

    Take the pledge at endtextwrecks.org. Do it for your own safety, the safety of your family, your friends and your lawyer. No one else needs to die in an auto accident because of a texting and driving.

    The post Which Is Worse: Texting While Driving or Driving Drunk? appeared first on End Text Wrecks.

  • Who Texts and Drives the Most?

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    It might be surprising, but teenagers who drive apparently send fewer texts than twenty-somethings do. Despite the differences, it’s important to recognize that both numbers approach roughly half of those surveyed. It’s not a comforting reality. That means that half of the people you encounter on the road willingly participate in distracting activities that can quickly end up creating an auto accident. It’s scary and it can be hard to know what to do because of it.

    Personal Choices and Accountability

    It goes without saying that you should pay attention while driving. Although when you feel that buzzing in your pocket or hear that ringtone used only for that really special friend of yours, it can be hard to resist at least sneaking a peek. Whether you are in a busy area like Salt Lake City or somewhere a little further out of the way like St. George, Utah, there is a real possibility that you can cause either an auto accident by your lack of attention, or that someone else might end up including you in one. Driving aware and reacting to situations around you can help minimize danger. If you need to, put your phone into airplane mode or leave your phone out of reach. If you are driving with someone, let them take charge of your phone and vice versa.

    It’s Not Worth It

    Attending court and needing a lawyer can be a very scary thing. We want you, those you love and others to remain safe. A lawyer won’t be necessary in an avoidable auto accident if you take the necessary measures. Whether you end up facing jail time, fines, penalties, car repairs, insurance rate increases, medical issues or loss of life, absolutely no text is worth it. Just ask any lawyer — they will tell you the same thing.

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  • Your Phone and Cognitive Processes

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    If your last text became your last words, what would they be? Perhaps a profound “On my way,” will be the great final words. Or maybe even an “LOL,” will be what you’re known for. In the five seconds it takes to compose your text while driving, your eyes have left the Farmington, Utah road for the entire length of a football field.

    Despite believing that you’re capable of multi-tasking, driving demands a high percentage of your attention, if not all of it. It is one of the most cognitive complex activities you can take part in — requiring concentration, observation and processing of information.

    Take on Utah roads knowing that you’re educated about distracted driving and that you have an auto accident lawyer on your side.

    The Three Types of Distractions While Driving

    When you’re cruising down the street trying to do your makeup, you are facing a manual distraction. This is a distraction that would make even the toughest lawyer cringe, where you take one or both hands off the wheel while you’re on the road.

    You just drove past an auto accident on the side of the road, and your eyes start to focus on the accidents instead of the road. Visual distractions are a result of eyes leaving the road, and they can cause an accident even more horrific then the one you were just looking at.

    You’ve got your Bluetooth running so you can talk on the phone while you drive. With your mind on the call, your focus is no longer on the road. This is what is referred to as a cognitive distraction.

    Texting and Driving

    Texting while driving is a special distraction, as it falls under all three categories. Phone use leaves you four times more likely to cause an auto accident. In fact, the likelihood of an accident and the need to call your lawyer is the same as someone with a 0.08% alcohol level in their blood.

    The bottom line remains, cell phone use while driving is dangerous. You can’t multi-task as well as you think you can. Keep yourself and those around you safe by keeping your phone tucked away.

    The post Your Phone and Cognitive Processes appeared first on End Text Wrecks.

  • The Cost of Texting and Driving

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    If you text and drive, chances are you will have an auto accident. It’s as simple as that. When you are in an accident because of texting and driving, the costs are more than emotional. Your decision to text and drive can suck your bank account dry.

    Fines and penalties for traffic violations vary depending on where you live. Texting and driving in Alaska will cost more in Alaska than Salt Lake City, but if serious injury or harm to another person occurs because you decided to text and drive, you’ll add the cost of hiring a lawyer to your bill. Even if you never text and drive, the damages caused by individuals that do cost you money as a taxpayer. Just know this: Texting and driving is never worth the cost.

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  • Tips for Avoiding Texting and Driving

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    Recently cellphones have become something we cannot live without. With that being the case, many people from your local lawyer to your elementary school teacher, have a tendency to text and drive. What many people do not know is that an auto accident caused by texting and driving can be equally if not more damaging than one caused by drinking and driving. There a few helpful techniques you can enforce to help you avoid texting and driving.

    Keep Your Phone Out of Reach

    The easiest way to avoid texting and driving is by putting your phone in a place where you do not have access to it. You don’t have to leave it at the office of your lawyer, but by placing it somewhere like the glovebox or middle console, you will not be tempted to skim through your text messages as you drive.

    Turn Your Phone Off

    Similar to keeping your phone out of reach, turning your phone off will lower temptation. If your phone is off, it will be too big of a hassle to go through the process of turning it back on in order to send a text.

    Give It to a Passenger

    If you are riding with a passenger, even if he or she is a lawyer, hand your phone over to them when you get in the car. That way if you do receive an urgent text your passenger can read it and reply for you. Your passenger will appreciate you doing what you can to avoid an auto accident.

    Let Them Know

    If you are in the middle of a conversation, you may want to alert the person on the other end that you are driving and will be unable to reply. By letting them know, they can choose to wait until you are done driving to continue the conversation.

    Remind Yourself

    Something as simple as a note on the dashboard may help you avoid an auto accident. The streets of Salt Lake City can get very hectic, and it is important to stay aware and alert.

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  • New Zealand Texting Laws

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    Have you seen the awkward New Zealand commercials involving cellphones and driving? We’re sure you’ve had occasion to receive a really important text message while driving at some point in your life. Many continue to send and receive texts while operating a moving vehicle despite rules and regulations against it. Consider that, maybe it seems like waiting just a few minutes is impossible, but if using cellphones while driving continues to increase auto accident numbers, then stricter laws, like those in New Zealand, could be put into practice here in Utah.

    New Zealand’s Zero Tolerance Policy

    Driving the short distance between Provo, Utah and Salt Lake City without texting is more than possible. Imagine not being able to access your phone at all inside your vehicle. Laws in New Zealand even prohibit sending or receiving phone calls, even while stopped in traffic. Even a moment of carelessness when glancing at a cellphone can lead to an auto accident, injury or even loss of life. If the law changes then even the most hardened lawyer will have difficulty in helping you out if you cross that line.

    Drive Safe and Arrive Alive

    Most text messages can wait, even if they are very important. No matter the situation, were an auto accident to occur; not only would you lose precious time not arriving at all, or being hospitalized will only make matters worse. Your loved ones don’t want to have to contact a lawyer and we don’t want you to need the assistance of a lawyer because you couldn’t wait to respond.

    What Can You Do?

    If you regularly drive with someone who texts and drives, it may be hard for you to address the situation. We recommend communication and letting them know your concern for their safety and your own. Watching the commercial from New Zealand might give you some ideas as well.

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  • Apps That Can Keep You From Texting and Driving

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    Texting and driving is a huge problem in this country. Not only is it one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving, but it has been one of the leading factors behind an increasing number of auto accidents, injuries and even deaths in the Salt Lake City area and nationwide. While sometimes a text to your friend, lawyer or significant other can seem urgent enough to make you want to take the risk, it is never worth the danger you are putting on yourself as well as the others around you.

    Although smartphones have furthered the problem of phone use behind the wheel, they can also act as your saving grace. There are several apps that seek to keep you from texting while driving and more importantly, seek to keep you, as well as others, safe.

    Cell Control

    Cell Control works through a combination of a device in your vehicle and an app downloaded on your phone. Through this in-vehicle device, your phone’s messages, notifications and in-coming calls will be disabled. Sending out messages will also be disabled along with the ability to access any distracting social media apps. Complete with a tracking feature, this app is great for parents who want to make sure their kids are being safe, focused and hopefully, auto accident free. 

    SafeDrive

    Safe Drive is an app that uses a reward system for your good driving habits. Once you have exceeded six mph, SafeDrive’s algorithm kicks in and you can begin racking up points the longer you go without touching your phone. The points earned from the app can then be redeemed for an assortment of prizes and discounts from many participating restaurants and stores. This app can help make driving safe a game, creating competitions between your friends, family, lawyer or whomever you may come across.

    While a lawyer can help greatly if you are involved in an auto accident, downloading and using one of these apps can help in making sure you never have to experience one at all.

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