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The prevalence of texting and driving

What do North Carolina motorists think about the dangers of texting and driving? If they are like the respondents of a Progressive Insurance study, they believe that they are the exception to the rule. An online study was conducted in August that was taken by around 1,000 people at or over the age of 18. The consensus was that distracted driving was dangerous and should be illegal. However, approximately a third of these motorists thought that they were able to text and drive safely.

In addition to texting, distracted driving involves anything that takes a driver's focus away from the road. More than 90 percent of those surveyed thought this behavior should be illegal. It seems that people feel confident in their own abilities but not the abilities of others to safely text while driving a vehicle.

The age of the participant made some difference. Those 55 and older were not convinced that they could text and drive. While less than 6 percent of seniors thought they could text and drive, 62 percent of those 18-34 thought that texting and driving was safer when they were the ones doing the texting. Despite this, 64 percent of those 18-34 thought that the most common cause of accidents was looking at a phone or texting while driving. Distracted driving killed 3,477 people in 2015 and injured 391,000 others.

As stories like this show, many motorists can identify dangerous driving behaviors but that does not mean they do not also engage in these behaviors. When car accidents are caused by a driver's negligence, people who have been injured might want to have a lawyer's help in seeking compensation for their losses.

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