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Drivers use cellphones despite distracted driving fears

Almost half of American drivers say that distracted driving is their top traffic safety worry, according to a new survey. However, many motorists throughout Colorado and across the U.S. continue to use cellphones while behind the wheel. The survey was conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Root Insurance, an insurance company that offers rate discounts to drivers who do not use their cellphones while driving.

According to the survey, 47% of U.S. drivers say that distracted driving is their number one road safety concern. In addition, 99% of drivers think that cellphones are one of the top reasons drivers get distracted. One might think that those beliefs would discourage drivers from engaging in distracted driving behaviors, but that doesn't appear to be the case. The survey found that drivers use their cellphones an average of 13 minutes per day while behind the wheel. Meanwhile, 38% of people who use their cellphones while driving fail to put them down when they see law enforcement officers.

More than half of the survey's participants say that texting or email group chats are their biggest cellphone distractions. Meanwhile, 33% say that social media is their biggest distraction, and 18% say that streaming video is their biggest distraction. While many drivers admit to being distracted behind the wheel, the vast majority are apparently intolerant of such behavior in others. For example, 89% of those surveyed say that they would give a poor rating to a rideshare driver who texted while behind the wheel.

Someone who has been injured by a distracted driver may want to file a personal injury claim to recover damages such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and property losses. An injured victim could discover more regarding their legal rights by speaking to an attorney.

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