U.S. is Home to the Most Distracted Drivers

William E. Johnson
September 3, 2013

Distracted Driving in USAccording to a recent report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. has the highest percentage of drivers who admit to being distracted by cell phone or texting use while driving. The CDC analyzed data from online surveys performed in the U.S., France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Spain.

The report found that 69% of U.S. drivers admitted to talking on a cell phone at least once in the past 30 days. Thirty one percent admitted to doing it regularly or fairly often and also admitted to reading or sending text messages while behind the wheel. The European countries surveyed had significantly fewer rates of cell phone use while driving. The range was between 59%-20.5%; with Portugal responding the highest percentage of distracted drivers and the UK reporting the lowest.

The report also pointed to significant generational and gender differences in cell phone use behind the wheel. While 18-24 year olds generally usually use a cell phone behind the wheel at greater rates than older generations, women who are 25-34 years of age actually use cell phones more often than other groups. However, Men aged 35-44 talk on the cell phone while driving more than men in other age groups and women in the same age range.

Dangers of Cell Phone use on the Road

Distracted driving is responsible for a large percentage of automobile accidents.  According to the National Highway Safety Administration 1 in 5 accidents are caused by a distracted driver, the number 1 culprit is cell phone use. Texting is particularly dangerous, sending or receiving a text message takes the driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. That is enough time to travel 100 yards at a speed of 55 miles per hour.

Injured by a Distracted Driver? Contact a West Palm Beach Auto Accident Lawyer

In our distracted culture traffic accidents are not unusual. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver contact Law Offices of William E. Johnson, P.A. Our personal injury attorneys have expertise in Palm Beach County cell phone car accident cases. To schedule a free case evaluation with a traffic accident attorney call 561-832-4848.