At our law firm, we advocate for the injured victims of car accidents caused by the negligence and recklessness of others, including those who have caused crashes because they were texting behind the wheel. Maryland law forbids the use of handheld phones while driving, including reading, sending or writing emails or text messages.
As has been widely discussed in the media and in governmental messaging, mobile phone use while driving involves all four types of driving distractions: cognitive, manual, visual and auditory. In other words, cell phone use distracts from thinking, hand use, sight and hearing processes.
Australian texting study
U.S. News & World Report published an article about an Australian distracted-driving study with results some will find surprising. (The article links both to the study itself and to a press release about it.)
Researchers from Australia Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland surveyed 447 Australian drivers about distracted driving. According to the news release, 68 percent reported that they need “a lot of convincing to believe in the dangers of texting and driving.” Results reflect belief that the chance that someone will drive while distracted goes down when driving conditions are demanding and when law enforcement are in the area.
Other findings included:
- Reasons for texting behind the wheel include “fear of missing out” and “separation anxiety.”
- Respondents are more likely to use mobile phones to talk while driving than to text.
- Women and drivers of either gender with less driving experience are groups more likely to use phones while driving.
- The higher the number of years a person has had a driver’s license, the lower the probability of driving distracted.
Unfortunately, texting behind the wheel and other kinds of distracted behavior are all too common in Maryland. Those involved in accidents involving distraction should seek advice of an attorney who can launch a full investigation of the incident.