Study finds college students continue to text while behind the wheel

Following nationwide public awareness campaigns, most American motorists are likely aware of the dangers posed by distracted driving. Nevertheless, a recent study found that some drivers continue to engage in this risky behavior.

The study was recently published in the International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management. The researchers examined the behavior of 120 college students in Pennsylvania, to determine whether they drove while distracted. The study revealed that four out of every five students admitted to texting while they were behind the wheel.

In addition, the male college students reportedly believed they were more capable of using a cellphone while on the road because of their perceived driving skills. Despite this prevalent belief, research suggests that only around 3 percent of people are skilled when it comes to multitasking. In general, attempting to perform more than one task at a time decreases an individual's overall ability to successfully - and in this case, safely - perform the task at hand.

Distracted driving continues to lead to many auto accidents across the country every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,331 people lost their lives in distracted driving collisions in 2011 and another 387,000 suffered injuries in such crashes.

Avoid a serious distracted driving accident in Illinois

In Illinois, certain behaviors are prohibited on the road to help avoid dangerous motor vehicle accidents.

For instance, all motorists are prohibited from texting while behind the wheel. In addition, drivers are not allowed to use their cellphones while they are traveling through a highway construction zone or a school zone.

Also, novice drivers and bus drivers in Illinois face further restrictions. Both groups are prohibited from using cellphones of any type - including both handheld phones and those with hands-free technology - while they are on the road.

Illinois police officers focusing on distracted driving offenses

Recently, the Illinois State Police cracked down on distracted drivers on the Kennedy Expressway. Law enforcement officers focused on certain areas along the expressway for a few hours during rush hour on a Monday morning. During that time, officers issued 135 citations to motorists who were driving while distracted. According to the police officers, most drivers were cited for texting while behind the wheel.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver in Illinois, you may be entitled to compensation to cover the harm caused. In such situations, consult with a skilled personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected.