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North Carolina Car Accident Injury Lawyers: Distracted Driving Statistics

best car accident injury lawyers in north carolina, distracted drivingMany people in North Carolina and South Carolina are aware of the dangers of distracted driving and driving while using a mobile device. However, despite understanding the dangers of distracted driving, individuals often don’t see the danger in talking “just this once” or “making a quick call.” Today is national No Phone Zone Day – what will it take for you to turn your phone off while driving once and for all?

Here are some shocking distracted driving statistics and cell phone driving facts:

•    In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involv­ing distracted drivers.
•    A Nationwide survey found that eight out of ten Americans think that some sort of cell phone and texting laws are a good idea for reducing the number of car accidents and injuries.
•    The same survey found that 75 percent of respondents agreed that cell phone and text messaging laws should apply to all drivers – not just teens or commercial drivers.
•    A University of Utah study found that talking on a cell phone while driving reduce motorist reaction times as much as having a blood alcohol level of 0.08 (the legal limit in North Carolina).
•    A Virginia Tech distracted driving study found that truck drivers are 20 times more likely to cause an accident if they text behind the wheel.
•    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that drivers who talk on cell phone are four times as likely to cause a car accident in which they are seriously injured.
•    Distracted driving is a factor in 25 percent of all car accident cases – and police have reason to believe it is often under reported.
•    A Carnegie Mellon study found that talking on a cell phone reduces driving-related brain activity by 37 percent.