As smartphones with round-the-clock internet access and advanced communication options grow in popularity among users of all ages, it’s no surprise that driver distraction is becoming a bigger threat every day.
Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) December 26, 2013
Commenting on a recent survey about distracted driving, Tom Carse of the Carse Law Firm, a rear-end accident lawyer in Dallas, said today he was not surprised to learn that more older drivers than ever before are texting and driving.
According to a Times Record report (“All ages are texting while driving, study finds,” November 18), State Farm Insurance’s annual distracted driving survey revealed a sharp increase in smartphone ownership among drivers aged 30 and older. The report states that the number of drivers who said they use their phones while driving has jumped from nearly 13 percent in 2009 to 24 percent in 2013.
“As smartphones with round-the-clock internet access and advanced communication options grow in popularity among users of all ages, it’s no surprise that driver distraction is becoming a bigger threat every day,” said Carse, who represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents. “From teens to retirees, drivers of all ages need to understand the risks of driving while distracted. They need to understand that using a cellphone behind the wheel is simply too dangerous.”
Carse said cellphone distraction is a major contributing factor in rear-end accidents. Drivers who are looking at their phones, even for a few seconds, often do not have time to react to a sudden change in traffic conditions, he said.
The Times Record report said that the percentage of drivers who said they accessed the internet while driving doubled between 2009 and this year’s survey. Nearly one in every four drivers admitted to using their smartphones as they were driving – a number that nearly doubled among drivers age 19-29, according to State Farm Insurance.
According to the study, this increase in distracted drivers has been accompanied by an increase in smartphone ownership among multiple age demographics. According to the Times Record, State Farm Insurance found that within the past two years, smartphone ownership among drivers 30-39 increased from 60 percent to 82 percent and that ownership among drivers 40-49 jumped from 44 percent to 82 percent.
“There’s no question about it: drivers on Texas roadways have more distractions than ever before. Every time you send a quick text or check your favorite social media site while in traffic, your eyes are not on the road,” said Carse, a rear-end crash lawyer in Dallas. “Distracted driving causes serious car accidents too often in Texas. Do the responsible thing. Don’t use your cellphone while driving. If you absolutely have to use the cellphone, do so only after pulling over to a safe location and stopping.”
Carse said anyone injured by a distracted driver should seek the advice of an experienced attorney who can help pursue compensation and send a message that negligence behind the wheel will not be tolerated in Texas.
About the Carse Law Firm
Tom Carse has been practicing law in Texas since 1996 and represents personal injury victims in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, and throughout Texas. A small law firm with a well-deserved reputation for producing results, the Carse Law Firm has experience protecting the rights of those injured in car accidents, truck accidents, and by defective products and dangerous drugs. Call (972) 225-5866 for a free case consultation. 972-CALL-TOM.
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