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Drivers In The South Are More Likely to be Distracted

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Drivers In The South Are More Likely to be Distracted

Drivers in the south are most likely to use their cellphone at the wheel, according to a comprehensive new driving study that includes distracted driving.

However, Virginia is not listed as one of the worst states for distracted driving. That unwelcome distinction goes to drivers in Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Drivers in these states use their phones on 43 to 48 percent of their trips, according to the Everquote data. In Virginia, drivers use their phones on about 40 percent of trips.

The report found Midwesterners are the safest drivers, those in the north east are most likely to speed, and southern drivers are more likely to be using their phone, reported the Huffington Post.

The study found drivers under the age of 21 are 15 percent more likely to use their phones at the wheel. Male drivers are about 10 percent less likely to get on their phone while driving than female drivers.

The southern states are worst for distracted driving

Distracted driving is more prevalent in the south

Southern drivers are also more likely to brake hard, posing a danger to other road users.

Everquote is an online insurance marketplace. It pulled together its report based on the regional driving habits gathered during 2.7 million car trips over 230 million miles by users of its Everdrive app.

Mississippi had the worst distracted driving record. Drivers in the southern state use their phones, either for talking or texting, on almost half their outings.

State laws may explain some trends. Very few Southern states have sweeping laws that ban the use of cellphones while driving, although most ban texting.

Urban planning methods may also impact highway safety. Traffic analysts say states that developed after World War II are more hazardous to pedestrians because their roads were built around the motor car, according to Peter Norton, a technology historian at the University of Virginia.

It could explain why so many pedestrians lose their lives in Florida. Orlando is one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians in the nation. As well as talking on their phone at the wheel, Floridians have a high share of elderly drivers.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. See our infographic detailing the leading causes of distracted driving.

While the growth of smartphone technology is linked to an increasing number of automobile accidents, other types of distracted driving include children and pets, grooming and simply being lost in thought.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, please call us at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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