A new study at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute focusing on texting and driving has confirmed results similar to studies of the same nature: texting while driving is more likely to lead to accidents, especially for young drivers. According to the Dallas Morning News, the study used video cameras, global positioning systems, and lane trackers, among other devices, to measure crash and near-crash risks in the cars of young and adult drivers alike. The likelihood of a crash rose seven-fold for young drivers reaching for or dialing on a phone, and four-fold for sending and receiving text messages. For older, experienced drivers, dialing on a cell phone proved to be the most dangerous activity. However, the study had its downfalls: texting was less common when the study began and did not distinguish between hand-held and hands-free devices. The study also produced one result that some do not agree with – that simply talking on the phone while driving does not increase the risk of a crash. A scientist who found different results in a similar study in Utah suggested that this new study did not account for cognitive distractions, such as when talking on the phone. For now, many states have implemented laws banning text messaging and hand-held phones.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an automobile accident caused by another party’s distracted driving, contact Haire Law for an evaluation of your case. Visit the contact us page or call 940-484-5555.