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Survey finds drivers disapprove of texting but still do it

Many drivers in Georgia and throughout the country may believe that texting and driving is dangerous and should not be permitted even though a number of them engage in the activity. This was one of the findings of a survey by Progressive Insurance. The company received around 1,000 responses to its August survey from drivers who were not customers.

Younger drivers were more likely than older drivers to say they could safely text while driving with over 60 percent of people 18 to 34 making this claim but only 6 percent of people 55 and older. Despite this, almost two-thirds of 18-to-34-year-olds said they believed looking at a phone or texting was a main cause of accidents. Among all drivers, more than 80 percent believed police should be able to stop people who were texting and driving. Nearly twice as many men as women reported being "very confident" in their texting and driving ability. However, nearly 90 percent of men and 97 percent of women said the practice should not be permitted.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2015, more than 3,400 people died and around 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers. Survey respondents reported that distracted behaviors such as listening to music on their phones or using a map were among the most acceptable.

When an occupant of another vehicle is injured in a motor vehicle accident because of a distracted driver, the distracted driver is liable for costs incurred by the accident. These costs might include medical expenses and vehicle repair. However, if the accident is a particularly severe one, an injured victim might have a long recovery period and be unable to return to work. If the insurance company's compensation is not sufficient, the injured person may want to file a lawsuit with the help of a lawyer.

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