Car crash claim news
29/06/2010

Texting motorists 20 times more likely to crash

A new report has shown that a quarter of motorists text while driving which is putting them at greater risk of having to make a car crash claim.

According to the study, around 27% of motorists admitted to texting while driving. Surprisingly, adult drivers were found to be more likely to text and drive than teenagers of driving age, with 61% of adults having admitted to using their phones behind the wheel compared with only 43% of teenagers.

Disconcertingly, 17 percent of those questioned said they had been so distracted by their phones that they had bumped into something or someone.

In a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) in the US, text messaging on a mobile phone while driving increases the risk of a car accident by 20%.

With such an increased chance of having a car accident brings the increased risk of having to make a car crash claim.

 

 

 
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