Texting while driving most common during peak travel times

According to the developer of the Drivermode app, motorists send more texts during afternoon rush hours than other times of the day. The data suggests that the number of messages sent at these peak travel times might be a cause for concern. Because the study results illuminate a trend that could apply to the population at large, drivers in Arizona and other states may want to know more.

Nationally, the average driver logged 6.87 text messages per hour during the afternoon rush-hour commute. Averages for drivers in 10 states, including New York, Hawaii and Florida, are even higher. Standard SMS made up almost half of the Android messaging sessions that were studied. Facebook Messenger accounted for 20.7 percent, while WhatsApp was the third most widely used messaging service. Drivers sent the most texts between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. In all, 6.5 million messages were studied.

Drivemode's co-founder suggests that texting while behind the wheel during the afternoon rush hour relates to end-of-the-workday concerns. These messages often include communications with family members and work colleagues. He noted that drivers who were involved in the study texted safely, using hands-free and voice-activated methods. Motorists who share the roadways with texting drivers may worry about the possible dangers of this behavior nonetheless.

Arizona residents who are seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving may want to seek legal advice. An attorney who is practiced in the area of personal injury law could determine the full extent of a client's financial, physical and emotional losses. The attorney may be able to establish liability in a specific case and negotiate a satisfactory settlement out of court.

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