U.S. Cell Phone Use While Driving Tops European Counterparts

by Carmen Dellutri on April 3, 2013

Sarasota accident attorneyAs Americans, we really do have a difficult time putting down our cell phones while driving. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that most of us talk on the phone while driving, while one in three sends and respond to text messages.

As Cape Coral injury lawyers, this is not good news. But it does explain the recent uptick in distracted driving accident lawsuits that we see.

According to the CDC, cell phone use by U.S. drivers exceeds that of seven European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Overall, 69 percent of U.S. drivers talked on their cell phone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed compared to 21 percent of drivers from the United Kingdom. With regard to texting, 31 percent of U.S. drivers admitted to doing so, compared to 15 percent of drivers in Spain.

Below are a few other concerning findings from the CDC survey:

  • There were no significant differences between men and women in terms of cell phone use or reading or sending text or e-mail messages while driving.
  • A higher percentage of 25-44 year-old men and women reported talking on a cell phone while driving than those ages 55–64, and;
  • A higher percentage of 18-34 year-old men and women reported reading or sending text or e-mail messages while driving than those ages 45-64.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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