New research released by State Farm Insurance shows that teen may not be getting the message about the dangers of texting and driving. Some of the figures produced by this survey are quite shocking. Notably, over half of teens with their license, 57% to be exact, admit to text messaging while driving. The survey produced by State Farm also makes comparisons between teens views on texting while driving and drinking and driving. While 83% of teens think they are likely to be in an accident if they regularly drink and drive, only 63% of teens believe they are likely to be involved in an accident if they regularly text while driving. The study also shows a link between parents who regularly talk to their children about safe driving. Of teens who responded that they never texted and drove, 82% said their regularly talked to their parents about safe driving. Of teens that reported that they do text while driving, only 67% reported talking to their parents regularly about safe driving.
Texting and driving became illegal in Wisconsin in 2010 with the passage of Wisconsin Statute 346.89. The risk of getting a ticket, however, is nothing compared to the safety risk that texting and driving creates. Text messaging while driving is an extremely dangerous action both the person doing it and those around him or her.
If you have been the victim of an inattentive driver or have been injured in an automobile accident in the Milwaukee area or any other area in Wisconsin and are in need of a personal injury attorney, contact Groth Law Firm S.C.