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Alarming results from distracted driving poll

It’s unlikely that as you drive around Raleigh you keep tabs on the demographics of distracted drivers you encounter. But a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll shows that the drivers most likely to drive while distracted are members of Generation X.

Regardless of which generation you belong to, distracted driving is a problem stretching across age, gender, ethnicities and religions: a whopping 71 percent of Americans admit that they drive while distracted. Unfortunately, those distracted drivers exact a heavy toll on society in the form of traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities.

More people who were surveyed identified distracted drivers (55 percent) as a greater threat to their safety than impaired drivers (31 percent).

A surprising statistic emerged from the data: parents (73 percent) are more likely than people who are not parents (66 percent) to drive while distracted. Even worse, a third of parents admit that they often use their phones while their children are in the vehicle.

A lot of people are taking steps on their own to try to minimize distractions, including the 33 percent who drive in silence. Another 32 percent enable the “do not disturb” feature on their phones before getting behind the wheel.

The top reason to use a phone while driving? Unsurprisingly, 93 percent said they use it calls. However, six out of 10 drivers admit that they send or receive texts and another 56 percent said they check notifications. Here’s a really jarring statistic: 22 percent admit that they engage in video chat while they’re driving.

If you or a loved one has been hurt by a distracted driver in a crash, talk to a personal injury lawyer before speaking with an insurance company.

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