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Study shows distracted drivers often stem from work pressures

Staten Islanders and people throughout New York City understand that distracted drivers are a growing danger on the landscape. It is becoming more and more prevalent that car accidents are being caused by texting and driving and other distracting behaviors. For those who have been in car accidents and believe or know it was because of distracted driving, this information can be important to a legal filing.

A survey conducted by Travelers Insurance shows that an estimated four out of 10 drivers say that they use their phone when behind the wheel and it is often due to work pressures and the need for availability. Younger people are the group with the highest rate of using their phones while driving. In the study, 43 percent of the participants were using their phone for work matters. Of that number, 38 percent were talking on the phone, 17 percent were texting, and 10 percent were using email. As for the ages, more than half - 54 percent - were between the ages of 18 and 44. More than 25 percent of drivers said that when their employer contacted them, they knew that the recipient of the call was driving.

Nearly 2,100 people were polled and the goal was to see how often drivers used their own vehicle for work. Three-quarters of them drove as part of their job for more than just getting back and forth to work. This research also enters the realm of who is liable when there is a distracted driving crash because the driver might have been using their phone for work purposes. Travelers Insurance states that a driver who was using the phone for work while driving could expose the employer to legal problems. There have been cases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania suggesting that a person texting another person they knew was behind the wheel could be held responsible in the event of a crash. Thus far, that argument is still being considered, but drivers are generally held responsible for their own actions.

When there is a car accident and people suffer injuries or death, there will be medical expenses, lost wages, lost companionship and potential long-term personal and emotional problems. This study is indicative of the number of dangers on the road because of distracted drivers and why they might be distracted. As the accident investigation moves forward, those who were injured or lost a loved one should be aware of this issue and consult with a lawyer experienced in car accidents.

Source: The Washington Post, "The boss made me do it: 43 percent admit using smartphone because of work while driving, survey says," Fredrick Kunkle, Dec. 1, 2017

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