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6 Distracted Driving Myths Debunked (Pt. 2)

Picking up from 6 Distracted Driving Myths Debunked (Pt. 1), below is a continued discussion of the truth behind some of the most common distracted driving myths.

Did you know that distracted driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving? Learn more by checking out the facts behind these common distracted driving myths.

Did you know that distracted driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving? Learn more by checking out the facts behind these common distracted driving myths.

Myth 3: Distracted driving is really only a problem among teen drivers. 

False! While drivers who are 20 years old and younger are the most likely to be using their cellphones while driving, distracted driving is unfortunately a significant problem for drivers of all ages – and factors like being intoxicated while driving tend to increase the risk of distraction, as well as of getting into motor vehicle accidents.

It is important to point out, however, that while distracted driving is a serious issue for drivers of all ages, the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that:

  • About 1 in every 5 teen drivers admits to texting while driving at least once every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
  • Teen drivers account for more than 25 percent of the motorists who cause fatal distracted driving car accidents.
  • Distracted driving can be a more serious problem when it comes to teen drivers due to these drivers’ inexperience.

Myth 4: Drunk driving is far more dangerous than distracted driving. 

Wrong! Tragically, distracted driving has been found by some regulators and researchers to actually be as dangerous or, in some cases, even more dangerous than drunk driving. In fact, as the NHTSA reports:

  • Texting while driving (and some other forms of distracted driving) can be as dangerous as driving after having consumed about four alcoholic beverages.
  • Texting while driving can be up to 6 times more likely to result in a motor vehicle accident than drunk driving.

Despite these findings, however, texting while driving seems to be more difficult to target and deter, particularly because many motorists continue to think that texting while driving:

  • Is not that big of a problem
  • Doesn’t really impair their driving abilities (even though they tend to think that it’s unsafe for other motorists).

Potentially compounding this problem is the fact that it’s usually more difficult for law enforcement officials to identify when motorists are texting while driving (when compared to pinpointing when drivers may have been drinking and driving).

Stay posted for the final installment of this blog for the conclusion of our discussion regarding the truth behind some of the most common distracted driving myths.

Centennial Car Accident Attorneys at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC

If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.

Our trusted Centennial personal injury and accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.

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