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Surveys show more drivers using phones to text, email

Pennsylvania drivers might be more likely to engage in more high-risk behavior using their phones than in previous years. Observational studies carried out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2014 and 2018 found that in 2018, there was a 57 percent higher chance of seeing a driver using a cellphone for email, texting or in some other way besides talking. On the other hand, the number of drivers seen using phones to talk went down.

Distracted driving caused by both cellphones and other actions, including talking to children or even sipping from a drink, can be dangerous. However, it is unclear how many fatal accidents it is responsible for. One difficulty in compiling reliable statistics is that attributing an accident to distracted driving requires accurate self-reporting from the drive or an examination of the driver's cellphone. However, the IIHS estimates that more than 800 fatalities in 2017 were the result of drivers using their phones to text or for some other purpose that was not talking.

Drivers who use their phones for other things while driving take their eyes off the road. Even though talking on the phone does not involve looking away, they may not give what they see their full attention.

A car accident that happens as a result of distracted driving can lead to severe injuries to occupants of other vehicles. Victims might need lengthy and expensive medical care and treatment, during which period they are unable to return to work. People who are in this type of a situation might want to have the help of an experienced attorney when they are seeking compensation for their losses.

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