With so many ways to send text-like messages on a smart phone, it’s impossible to look at the data and say usage is dropping. Distracted driving is still a massive, dangerous problem in New Jersey and the country as a whole.
Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) November 19, 2012
A report issued by a prominent technology and strategy consulting firm shows a decline in the average number of text messages Americans are sending with their cell phones. Chetan Sharma’s US Mobile Data Market Update Q3 2012 claims a drop in the average number of monthly text messages per user from 696 texts in the second quarter to 678 in the third, according to NBC News.* Despite an apparent drop in messaging, crash data from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) highlights distracted driving, including texting while driving, as a still-growing national problem. In fact, NHTSA data seems to suggest a steady increase in text messaging nationwide, which would cast doubt on Chetan Sharma’s analysis. New Jersey car accident attorney Richard P. Console Jr. warns to stay focused on the road and away from cell phones.
“Americans might be texting less, but that doesn’t mean they’re staying off their phones while they’re driving,” said Console. “With so many ways to send text-like messages on a smart phone, it’s impossible to look at the data and say usage is dropping. Distracted driving is still a massive, dangerous problem in New Jersey and the country as a whole.”
In 2010, there were 416,000 injuries and 3,092 deaths in car crashes involving distracted drivers, according to NHTSA** data. The report also claims a 50 percent increase in the total number of text messages sent monthly in 2011 from 2009. Monthly text messages in June 2011 alone reportedly totaled 196 billion in the United States.** A semi-annual survey*** released by the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry shows text messaging in The United States is still on the rise with the total number of sent and received messages up 3 percent in 2012. Total sent and received messages were up in the United States from 2.206 trillion in 2011 to 2.273 trillion in 2012. Console, whose NJ law firm has helped more than 5,000 accident victims, believes the trends speak for themselves.
“Texting while driving is a problem that isn’t going away easily,” said Console. “NHTSA data** says about 40 percent of teens were in a car while the driver used a cell phone in a dangerous manner. Companies might be concerned that text revenue is peaking, but I’m more worried about the lives bad cell phone habits put at risk every day. Even one death caused from texting while driving is too high a price to pay.”
Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity needed to operate a motor vehicle by as much as 37 percent, according to data compiled by the NHTSA**. Accumulated information by the federal government also indicates human error, including distracted driving, is the leading cause of all motor vehicle accidents in the nation.
Richard P. Console Jr. is the managing partner of Console & Hollawell P.C. Since 1994, this New Jersey personal injury law firm has advocated for accident victims across the state, achieving a 97 percent success rate for settling client cases.