No one should ever text and drive. It is prohibited and dangerous, and the statistics show that distracted driving leads to accidents. Using a phone in the car is one of the main types of distraction, at least since the smartphone began to become exceedingly popular in American culture. For the last 10 years now, phone addiction has been rising, and that has led to more distracted driving.
Many people often assume that distracted drivers are young, such as high school students or college students. They think of people in their teens or 20s who perhaps simply don’t know better or are extremely involved with their phones. But is this true? What age group does this the most?
Younger drivers do pose the greatest risk
Unfortunately, these younger drivers may have their reputation for a reason. According to some reports, drivers who are under 20 years old have the highest rate of causing fatal crashes due to phone distraction. It clocks in at 9%. The next age group spans 25 to 34, with 7%, and that is followed by the group from 21 to 24, at just 6%.
One thing that is very interesting about the statistics is that drivers who are 75 years old and older also reported a usage rate of 6%. This helps to show that, while younger drivers may do this more often, it is certainly something that plagues drivers in any age group.
Have you been injured?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you may need to seek financial compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and other costs.