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Texting and driving in Kentucky

According to a survey, about a third of drivers in Kentucky and across the U.S. feel confident in their ability to safely text and drive, but over 90 percent believe the activity should be illegal. The online survey was conducted by Progressive Insurance in August.

Federal statistics show that distracted driving is a major problem on U.S. roads. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 3,477 people were killed and nearly 400,000 were injured in accidents that involved distracted drivers in 2015. The Progressive study found that most participants recognized the dangers of distracted driving, with 65 percent saying that they believe that texting or looking at smartphones is the top cause of car crashes in the U.S. However, 34 percent of participants also claimed to be somewhat to very confident in their ability to safely text and drive.

In particular, the study found that 62 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 are confident in their ability to text while behind the wheel. Meanwhile, only 6 percent of drivers age 55 and up felt confident that they could safely do so. Men were twice as likely as women to feel confident in their ability to use a smartphone while driving. In addition to texting, drivers said that they most often use their smartphones to listen to music, get directions or make a phone call while behind the wheel.

When a distracted driver causes a car crash, injured victims might want to have an attorney file a personal injury lawsuit in order to obtain compensation for their losses. Typical damages sought in such a suit may include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: Claims Journal, "Majority of Drivers Say Distracted Driving Should Be Illegal, Yet Still Do It", Sept. 12, 2017

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