At this point, people understand that texting and driving are a dangerous combo. There have been many studies performed to show that it takes a driver’s mind off the road and what they’re doing. Unfortunately, many people still choose to text and drive behind the wheel.
According to statistics from 2020, driving while texting causes 1.6 million car accidents across the United States every year. In fact, a quarter of all crashes that happen in the country do involve the use of cell phones. Annually, nearly 400,000 people are hurt because of drivers who decide to text.
With numbers like these, it’s hard to understand how anyone can justify texting behind the wheel.
Who texts behind-the-wheel more, teens or adults?
Interestingly enough, adults text behind-the-wheel more than teenagers. According to research from the American Automobile Association, or AAA, 82% of drivers between the ages of 25 and 39 admitted to using a phone while driving. Meanwhile, the least likely group to use cellphones while driving was seniors — a fact that may have more to do with that age group’s tendency to adopt new technology fairly slowly than anything.
What should you do if you’re hit by someone who was texting and driving?
If you’re involved in a wreck and the other party admits to texting and driving, they are essentially admitting fault. You can mention this fact to your attorney and the police if they ask you for a report. Be honest, and let them know if you saw the other person on their phone. As a victim, you have the right to hold the other party accountable for their actions and to seek compensation.
Our website has more information on what you can do if you have been hurt in a car crash. You can find the help you need to get the compensation that you deserve.