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Some might assume that cellphone-related distracted driving is mainly a problem among younger drivers. However, the young hardly have a monopoly on distracted driving. Such conduct is prevalent among many different types of drivers. A recent survey looked at how common distracted driving is among California's elderly.

The survey polled nearly 400 individuals ages 65 and over on their driving habits. A little over 4/5ths of these individuals owned a smartphone. Six out of 10 of the elderly cellphone owners said that they do sometimes talk on the phone when driving.

So, while cellphone-related distracted driving among senior drivers might not be as common as it is for younger drivers, there are still plenty of seniors who engage in this type of conduct.

An important thing to note is whatever a driver's age and whatever a driver's experience level, they can be endangering themselves and others when they talk on the phone or engage in other distractions when driving. So, staying free of distractions at the wheel is important for drivers of all ages.

As the above-mentioned survey results underscore, distracted drivers come in all shapes and sizes. So too do personal injury cases involving this type of unsafe driving conduct. Distracted driving accident cases vary greatly in their details and central issues. Experienced auto accident lawyers can provide victims of California distracted driving crashes with legal guidance and advice tailored to the unique details and issues of their case.

Source: Claims Journal, "Survey: 60% of Seniors Use Cell Phones While Driving," April 25, 2017

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