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Texting and driving survey shows awareness of its danger

Most drivers in California have seen others texting and driving. A survey sponsored by Progressive Insurance that polled about 1,000 people about smartphone use behind the wheel found that 62 percent of respondents felt concerned when they witnessed the behavior. Spotting someone texting in traffic irritated half of respondents.

Over 90 percent of those surveyed believed that texting and driving should be outlawed. This overwhelming attitude conflicts with other survey results, like 34 percent of people expressing confidence in their ability to text and drive. Younger drivers, ages 18 to 34, reported a higher rate of confidence about successfully texting behind the wheel than drivers age 55 and up. Over 60 percent of young people thought they could achieve the task whereas under 6 percent of the older age group felt the same way.

Across all age groups, some people believed that smartphone activities other than texting were appropriate. Thirty percent felt that using a map was acceptable, and 25 percent felt comfortable making calls. A majority, over 65 percent, responded that texting or even looking at a smartphone represented the most common contributor to car crashes. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration supports this conclusion. In 2015, the administration attributed 3,477 traffic fatalities to distracted drivers and 391,000 injuries.

When someone suffers costly injuries and misses work after a crash caused by a distracted driver, an attorney might assist with the recovery of damages. An attorney familiar with filing personal injury claims for car accidents could pursue compensation by identifying insurance coverage and assembling evidence about the other driver's negligence. After preparing this information for a lawsuit, an attorney might gain a pretrial settlement to pay for medical bills. When necessary, an attorney could present the case in court to a jury.

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