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How mobile devices are negatively impacting driving

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Most Pennsylvania drivers likely understand the importance of avoiding distractions while driving. However, researchers show that across the country, drivers are still using their phone or mobile device with alarming frequency. When drivers were asked what it is that concerns them about other drivers on the road, more than 40% said that they were concerned about distracted driving. They view it as a national safety issue.

However, research points to the fact that although most drivers understand that driving while distracted is dangerous, this understanding does not affect their behavior. In fact, the number of distracted drivers seems to be increasing. This is due in part to the ever-increasing forms of distraction that drivers face. It’s not simply talking on the phone but also participating in group chats, sending text messages, emailing, posting on social media, streaming video and playing video games.

The ironic thing is that although many people drive while distracted, these same individuals get frustrated when they see others driving while on their phone or mobile device. Around 89% of drivers surveyed said that they would give their Uber driver a bad rating if they were texting while driving. Of that same group, 39% said that they have texted while driving. Part of the problem could be that drivers overestimate their own skill level.

When a person is injured in an automobile accident because the other party was driving while distracted, they may want to speak to a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer may work with their clients to file civil claims on their behalf or on behalf of their loved ones as a result of the negligence of another individual. The lawyer’s focus will be proving negligence with the goal of helping their client have a positive outcome in their case.