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Does your choice of cellphone increase distracted driving?

On Behalf of | Oct 16, 2020 | Car Accidents |

It probably wouldn’t surprise you to hear that most people just don’t feel right without their phones. These small hand-held computers have become a significant part of life. We talk, text, check social media, watch movies and so much more from the palm of our hands. They are a wonderful invention, but they are also dangerous if used while driving.

Distracted driving has become one of the biggest dangers you face on the roads here in Florida or elsewhere. A survey done by The Zebra, involving 2,000 drivers, reveals a great deal about just how hazardous not paying attention while driving can be, but it also reveals some interesting data about what your choice of phone may say about you.

Why does it matter what kind of phone you have?

What does the type of phone you own have to do with distracted driving? A lot, according to the survey done in 2019. Researchers took that data and discovered some interesting facts about how drivers reacted according to the type of phone they use. Some of those results are below:

  • Around 23.7% of Android users admitted to video chatting as they drove, but a much higher percentage (70.4%) of iPhone users made the same admission.
  • Approximately 17.7% of Android users said they felt a great amount of pressure to respond to text messages as they were driving, but 58.6% of iPhone users felt that pressure.
  • Around 53.7% of Android users strongly agreed that texting and driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, but only 51.5% of iPhone users responded the same way.

Of course, there could have simply been more iPhone users involved in the survey, but the results are still interesting. The larger point this data shows is that a large number of people are using their cellphones while they drive. This increases the odds of an accident since many of their activities involve the use of their eyes, hands and mind. It is difficult to focus on driving under these circumstances.

Since it’s likely you will encounter numerous drivers distracted by their phones, your risk of becoming the victim of their inattention is high. If you suffer serious injuries in an accident with a distracted driver, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries and other damages.