According to a survey from Progressive Insurance, about one-third of respondents said that they could still drive well while texting. However, 90 percent of respondents thought that distracted driving should be illegal, as it currently is in the state of Texas. This is likely because most who replied to the survey thought that distracted driving was a major cause of auto accidents. When the data was broken down, it was discovered that most drivers who believed that they could drive and text were younger people.
Roughly 62 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 said that they could safely drive and text. However, only about 6 percent who were 55 or older thought the same thing. Men were more likely than women to believe that they could drive safely while texting. This was true despite 88 percent of men and 97 percent of women who responded thought that texting should be banned while behind the wheel.
When people saw someone else texting while driving, 62 percent said that their first emotion was concern. The second most common emotion was irritation, which 50 percent of respondents said they felt when seeing another driver texting. Overall, 83 percent of respondents indicated that police should be able to make a traffic stop just for texting while driving. The survey had roughly 1,000 respondents over the age of 18 who were not Progressive customers.
A distracted driver is one who may be at an increased risk of causing an accident. An attorney representing an injured victim can review the case to determine if negligence played a role in causing the crash. This may be done by reviewing police reports or physical evidence from the accident scene.