Study indicates number of distracted drivers getting worse

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2019 | Car Accidents

In New York and across the U.S., smartphones have become so ubiquitous that everyone is seemingly looking at it regardless of what they are doing. That includes when they are driving. Smartphone “addiction” might sound like an odd description, but studies are indicating that it is undoubtedly accurate. People cannot stop themselves from constantly checking their device. This is a common cause of distracted drivers, auto accidents, injuries and fatalities. A new study from Zendrive hammers home this dangerous reality.

According to the study, those who were found to be unable to stop using their device drove more frequently than others. These individuals drove 150 percent more often and traveled 760 percent more miles than an average driver in the U.S. The percentage of those who are addicted to their phones increased by 42 percent in the past year to eight percent from 4.6 percent. More worryingly, they are a constant on the road.

Of 500 people who were surveyed, 85 percent stated they understood that distracted drivers were a growing concern; 90 percent consider themselves safe drivers; and 47 percent stated they used their devices for a sufficient period to be considered an addict. While some might think that a larger screen improves safety, Zendrive says it does not. All it does is provide the person more to see and increase distractions. There are 60 million drivers who use Zendrive’s app to track their behaviors. It found that from November 2018 to January 2019, distracted driving has gotten worse.

Drivers in New York will have endless stories of seeing distracted drivers, but with people ignoring entreaties and laws to put their devices down, it is bound to grow more prevalent and cause accidents. Accidents with injuries and fatalities can take a toll on a family in multiple ways. The key to a successful legal filing for compensation is to have advice from a law firm that understands all aspects of a car crash and how to determine if it was due to a distracted driver. Calling for a consultation is the first step toward a legal case after an automobile accident.