Top 11 Findings in EverQuote Distracted Driving Report

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EverQuote fielded a national online survey to 2,300 licensed American drivers on their driving habits June 18–22, 2016. The survey found drivers are unaware of how often they are actually using their phone behind the wheel and have clear misconceptions about what it takes to be a safe driver. When the survey responses were paired with actual driving data from our safe-driving app, EverDrive, the discrepancies between perceptions and reality become even more surprising.

The survey was divided 52% female and 48% male. The survey was split by age as follows: 18–24 16%, 25–34 23%, 35–44 19%, 45–54 18%, 55–64 15%, 65+ 9%. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 2.2%.

We have summarized the major findings in the following EverQuote Distracted Driving Report:

1. The Impulse to Text Back Is Real and Dangerous

Americans feel the need to answer texts fast. In fact, 55% respond to text messages right away or within 5 minutes.

  • The majority of adults (83.9%) feel the need to answer text messages within an hour or less, while only 16.1% feel the need to respond after an hour or more.
  • Males and females generally feel the same way, and age has a slight influence in how quickly Americans feel the need to respond—with aging adults more likely to take longer to feel the need to reply than younger age groups.

2. Most Americans Think They’re Safe Drivers

  • Over 96% of respondents believe that they are safe drivers behind the wheel.
  • Slightly more male than female participants consider themselves unsafe drivers and age did not appear to be a major influence on responses.

3. Americans See Themselves as Safe, but Not Other Drivers

Americans overwhelmingly feel that they are safe drivers themselves, but they don’t see other motorists on the road in the same light.

  • Over 96% think they are safe drivers, but 37% think less than half of other drivers on the road are safe.
  • 86% of Americans feel neutral or disagree that the majority of drivers are safe behind the wheel (11% strongly disagree).
  • Younger adults tend to agree that drivers are unsafe more often than older age groups do.

4. Divided On App Prevention

Americans are divided on whether or not they’d let a mobile app control their phone use—52.4% of Americans would let an app prevent them from using their cell phones behind the wheel, and 47.6% say no way.

  • As Americans age, they are more likely to allow an app to prevent phone use while driving.
  • Older males, 65+, were more likely to say yes than the same-age females, whereas females aged 35-44 were 15% more likely to say yes than same-age males.

5. Americans Say They’re Safe Drivers, but Are They?

Though Americans overwhelmingly consider themselves safe drivers (96%), the majority of them admit to using their phones while driving in the past 30 days—61% have used their cell phones on some drives, most drives or every drive.

  • 6% every drive
  • 10% most drives
  • 45% some drives

While 56% report using their phone on at least some drives, 96% of drivers used their phones according to EverDrive data.

  • American drivers spend .4 miles on the phone distracted for every 11 miles driven. That equals 114 billion distracted miles, and 4.5 millions trips Americans could take around the world without looking up from their phones.

6. Speeding Isn’t Everything Over the Limit

  • Even though speeding 10 MPH over the limit can increase crash risk by up to 9.1%, over one-half of all driving time is spent at least 10 MPH over the legal limit.
  • The majority (42%) consider drivers to be speeding on the highway only if they’re 10-14 MPH over the speed limit. A scary 19% don’t see drivers as speeding until they’re 15-19 MPH over the limit.
  • 10% believe 20 MPH over the limit isn’t speeding.

7. Americans Feel States Should Do More

61% of adults believe that their state does not do enough to prevent phone use behind the wheel. Of these adults, 55% admit to some phone use while driving in the past 30 days, and 12% admit to using their phone on most or all drives.

  • Americans appear to know that using their phones while driving is dangerous and believe their state does not do enough to stop them from the bad habit—however, only a little over half (52%) are willing to allow a mobile app prevent them from that use.
  • For drivers that don’t care about the state, 30% admit to phone use on most or all drives.

8. Alcohol Is Still the Scariest Danger

The majority of Americans (55%) feel that seeing other drivers drinking alcohol behind the wheel is the scariest action, followed by phone use and speeding. However, the majority admit to using their phone and only see speeding as driving 10-14 MPH over the limit.

  • 20% see drivers using their phones as the scariest action to see another driver doing.
  • Only 2.6% view interacting with passengers as the scariest, even though 57% of distracted driving accidents are caused by passenger interactions.
  • 76% of phone users are scared of having an accident while using the phone behind the wheel.

9. Americans Know the Dangers of Distracted Driving

The majority of Americans recognize the danger of using their phones and are afraid of getting into a car accident due to distracted driving. The fear of being bad role models or getting caught by authorities is minimal.

  • 55% are afraid of getting into an accident

10. Americans Speak Up About Dangers

The majority of people (60%) state that they do ask a driver to stop using their phone if they’re feeling unsafe.

  • Females responded “yes” approximately 10% more than males.
  • Younger age groups have asked driver to stop phone use more often than older Americans.

11. Americans Think They’re Safer Than Self-Driving Cars

Despite the fact that experts predict self-driving cars will reduce crashes by 90%, 81% of adults still would feel safer driving themselves.

That perception may arise from the fact that the majority of Americans consider themselves safe drivers, despite the reality their behavior: how often they use their phones while driving and at what point they consider themselves speeding.

  • Females feel they are safer driving themselves than in a self-driving car slightly more than males feel and this belief increases with age for both genders.
  • Only 19% of drivers feel they would be safer in a self-driving car.

Distracted Driving Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries

Distracted driving can cause catastrophic injuries

HG.org defines a catastrophic injury as the “consequences of an injury that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.”

A catastrophic injury or illness usually occurs suddenly, without warning and can leave a person suffering from permanent disabilities for the rest of his/her life.

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Catastrophic injuries are any injuries that have serious, long-term effects on the victim. Catastrophic injuries can often put serious stress on the victim’s family because they may need constant supervision or assistance for the rest of their lives, as well as a lifetime of rehabilitation and medical bills.

If a catastrophic injury was caused by the negligent or intentional act of another, or by a dangerous or defective product, a personal injury claim by the victim will be an integral factor in determining his/her future quality of life, including the quality of the medical care and other support he/she will receive.

While some catastrophic injuries may heal over time, in the vast majority of cases these injuries stay with a person for the rest of his life and often prevent him from returning to work or from being able to perform basic tasks. Because of the nature of these injuries, victims are often entitled to much higher benefit claims than other accident victims.

Call us today to learn more about how we can help you or to set up a free consultation. Reyes Browne Reilley is a Dallas, Texas based Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rated personal injury law firm. Our trial-ready Dallas car accidwent lawyers have a nearly combined 100 years experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury, business, and dangerous prescription drug & device litigation.

Texting and Driving Now Worse Than Drinking and Driving

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Distracted driving has been around as long as driving itself. Whether it is children crying or fighting in the back seat, a puppy jumping around on a driver’s lap, or simply taking one’s eyes of of the road to tune the radio, distracted driving has been the cause of countless fatalities and car accidents in Dallas and across the nation. It’s just in the last five to ten years that distracted driving has become the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents surpassing drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs. In addition, distracted driving is the number one cause of death in young people under the age of 33. The primary reason for the surge in distracted driving accidents is the explosion of smart phone usage and using your device to send and receive text messages and receive and review notifications.

The rise in distracted driving deaths has caught the attention of billionaire Warren Buffet who states in a recent Wall Street Journal interview that he thinks that smart phone usage or texting and driving is the primary cause of the almost 14% leap in motor vehicle fatalities year over year starting in 2014. The National Safety Council agrees and has determined that cell phone usage by those driving a motor vehicle causes 25% of all car crashes. In addition, property damage rose the same percentage to a total of approximately $150 billion.

The scourge that cell phone usage by drivers is creating on our nation’s highways was brought to the attention of Buffet when one of the companies that his investment fund owns, Geico Insurance, fell so much as to cause a 37% decrease in the fund’s net profit. While Buffet attributes the rise in accidents and the corresponding increase in insurance premiums to texting, executives at Geico site other factors such as more driving because of lower gas prices, bad weather and more people driving to work in a recovering economy.

Regardless of the cause of the accident, if you have been injured or have had a loved one killed by the negligence of another driver, call the expert car accident attorneys in Dallas at the Reyes Browne Reilley law firm today. Gathering evidence like police reports, eyewitness accounts, and cell phone records all play an important role in building your case. We can get the driver’s cell phone records and see if he/she was texting when the accident occurred.