Distracted driving remains a serious threat to safety as the inconsistency that exists between drivers’ beliefs concerning distracted driving and their actions may be questioned. You may have wondered, given all the national conversation surrounding the problem of texting and driving, what attitudes towards distracted driving are and what types of beliefs concerning texting and driving people hold.

As humans, sometimes our beliefs and actions are not in keeping with one another, but in the case of distracted driving, unfortunately, the inconsistency between beliefs and actions may lead to victims being harmed. A recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that while 79 percent of those surveyed believed texting while driving was a bad idea, 36 percent admitted they had read a text or email while driving in the past month. Greater than a quarter of those surveyed admitted they had composed a text or email while driving in the past month.

Also according to AAA, drivers spend more than half of their time while driving focused on things other than driving. While distracted driving is defined as engaging in activities that take a driver’s attention away from driving, and can include operating navigation devices or eating, the majority of drivers do not support bans on hand-held or hands-free devices, though both can still be defined as distracted driving and may still be risky.

Distracted driving can be a deadly behavior and makes many drivers feel unsafe. According to estimates, distracted driving contributes to 16 percent of fatal crashes and leads to approximately 5,000 deaths each year. There are a variety of different ways the legal system is working to protect drivers. Those injured, or otherwise harmed, by a distracted driver should be familiar with the legal options available that may help with the unfortunate aftermath of a distracted driving accident.

Source: lohud.com, “‘AAA: Drivers’ beliefs, actions often don’t match,” Theresa Juva-Brown, Feb. 10, 2015