Despite changes in the law combined with educational campaigns, many Pennsylvanians continue to use their smartphones while they drive. People use their phones to talk, read and write text messages, search social media and engage in many other activities that are distracting.
Recently, Travelers Companies conducted its 2019 Travelers Risk Index, which was a survey of more than 2,000 people. Of the people who participated in the survey, 44 percent indicated that they type emails or text messages while they drive. Thirty percent of the respondents said that they had nearly been in accidents because they were distracted, and almost 80 percent of people said that they talk on their phones while they drive. Other distracting behaviors that the participants reported engaging in while driving included checking social media at 23 percent, taking pictures or recording videos at 22 percent and shopping on the internet at 15 percent.
One issue has to do with work demands. Many businesses expect their employees to be reachable at all times when they are out of the office. Workers may feel that they have to answer their phones or to respond to text messages from their companies while they are driving. Twenty percent of workers reported that they respond to work messages while they are behind the wheel.
Distracted driving is dangerous and can cause automobile accidents. People who are injured in accidents that were caused by drivers using their phones may be able to recover damages for their losses. Injured victims might want to consult with experienced personal injury attorneys about their potential claims. A lawyer may assess the facts and give opinions about the claim. If they agree to represent the victim, the lawyer might work to recover evidence that the driver was using a cellphone in the seconds leading up to the collision.