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Afternoon rush hours the peak time for texting and driving

Drivers in Missouri and across the U.S. tend to text the most during afternoon rush hours, according to data released by app company Drivemode. However, the data also showed that New York drivers are the worst offenders when it comes to rush hour texting.

Drivemode's app helps drivers of older vehicles use certain cell phone functions in hands-free mode, and analysts with the company studied data from the app's users to find out when drivers interact with their phones the most. They found that over a 12-month period, 177,000 Android users accessed the app 6.5 million times to send or receive hands-free messages. They also discovered that the peak messaging time was between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. with users sending an average of 6.87 messages per hour. The second highest period was between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. with an average of 6.59 messages sent per hour. Overall, 22 percent of all messages were sent between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Drivemode found that New York drivers texted the most during afternoon rush hours, sending an average of 8.21 messages per hour. Hawaii drivers texted second most with an average of 7.90 messages per hour, and Florida drivers texted third most with an average of 7.87 messages per hour. The CEO of Drivemode noted that people tend to text more in the afternoon because they are finishing up work responsibilities or contacting their families about dinner plans and errands.

When a car accident is caused by texting and driving, negligent drivers can be held accountable in a court of law. For example, by hiring a personal injury lawyer, a victim could sue the driver who caused the crash for damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and property loss.

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