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Scale of Virginia Distracted Driving is a Cause for Concern, Survey Finds

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Scale of Virginia Distracted Driving is a Cause for Concern, Survey Finds

The sheer scale of Virginia distracted driving is a cause for concern, a recent study by State Farm reveals.

The eighth annual State Farm survey on distracted driving was released at the end of last month. It looked at cellphone trends. The study found 91 percent of drivers have a cell phone and half of them use it at the wheel.

In the survey, 82 percent of drivers said talking on a handheld phone while driving was distracting. Nevertheless, 50 percent of those surveyed do it.

About a half of the respondents who talk on a phone at the wheel do so because they see it as an efficient use of their time.

Police worry about scale of Virginia distracted driving

The scale of Virginia distracted driving is a concern

While 95 percent of respondents said texting at the wheel was distracting, 35 percent text while driving. Texting while driving is an offense in Virginia, although non-commercial drivers can make voice calls.

The scale of Virginia distracted driving remains a cause for concern. A recent survey found Virginia mid-way down the table when it comes to distracted driving. Drivers in Mississippi are most likely to use their phones while driving.

Wrecks related to distracted driving are continuing to climb and may account for increases in deaths on the roads of America recorded in recent years, even though smart technology is making cars safer.

Alarm Over the Scale of Distracted Driving in Virginia

Virginia State Police pulled few punches in a recent news report on 5 WCYB. Sergeant Mike Willis of Virginia State Police said the problem is reaching epidemic proportions and more distracted drivers are on the roads than ever before.

State Farm suggested ever-fragmented lives and busy schedules are fueling the distracted driving problem.

Chris Mullen, Director of Technology Research at State Farms, said:

“Today’s drivers are faced with an ever-growing number of demands on their attention that may distract them from the critical task of driving. Every day we make choices about the risks we are willing to take when behind the wheel.”

As well as mobile phone use, the survey considered other distractions. About 93 percent of respondents reported talking with passengers as a source of distraction, while 23 percent reported attending to a child and 21 percent to a pet while driving.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a crash involving a distracted driver our Virginia car accident injury team would like to talk to you. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley



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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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