Smartphone Addiction and Driving Safety, the Official U.S. Government Website for Distracted Driving states that ten percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the accident.

Another survey by Penn Schoen Berland for the Bridgestone tire company asked 200 teen drivers about their phone use. More than half admitted to texting and driving, but only occasionally, while 70 percent said they were likely to text when stopped at a red light.

Teens in the study know texting while driving is wrong, 70 percent of them have asked a parent or friend to stop texting while they were a passenger in their car. One-third of the teens said a passenger had asked them to stop texting and driving, but that they continue to text alone in the car.

Answering a text message takes your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. The distance covered in that time when a car is traveling at 55 miles per hour is equal to the length of a football field. When answering a text becomes a compulsion, as it is with many addicted teens, it can lead to a much higher risk of auto accidents.

When Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents Compensation May Be Due

If the driver who caused your auto accident was distracted or impaired at the time or the crash, she may be liable for your injuries. The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. helps injured Georgia residents file car accident claims and collect damages.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.