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Distracted driving: A difficult and growing problem

Distracted driving continues to be a serious issue in Pennsylvania and everywhere across the country. This type of behavior leads to higher chances of a fatal car accident, and when a driver looks at his or her phone, even for a second, it can greatly increase the likelihood of a collision. In fact, fatal motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teens, and many of these incidents were caused by or involved distracted driving.

Despite the fact that most people understand the risk associated with distracted driving, both teen and adult drivers continue to engage in this dangerous behavior. Statistics indicate that simple awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted may not be enough to effectively combat the problem.

What should you know about this problem?

Many people have a difficult time making the choice to put down their phones. In fact, studies show that as many as 92 percent of people with a smartphone use them while driving. Many organizations are looking into this problem with the goal of finding a way to reduce the number of distracted driving incidents. Researchers have learned the following about this dangerous behavior:

  • Two-thirds of people who claim to be safe drivers also admit to engaging in dangerous behaviors that include distracted driving.
  • Approximately 52 percent of car trips that result in an accident involve distracted driving.
  • Many drivers have difficulty fighting the urge to pick up the phone to check incoming messages.

One of the results of the significant amount of research that has gone into distracted driving is the development of a phone app that could help drivers make safer choices. This app would track all of a driver's actions while driving, including speed, distraction and more. Another person could monitor this data, such as a parent. This app could be particularly useful for families with teenagers.

What's next after a distracted driving accident?

You may feel helpless after an accident caused by a distracted driver, but you do not have to walk through the aftermath alone. It is possible to hold distracted drivers accountable for their actions through a personal injury claim.

Distracted driving is negligent driving, and every person is responsible for the choices he or she makes behind the wheel, regardless of age. If you think you may have grounds to move forward with a civil claim, you may find it beneficial to start by speaking with a lawyer about the legal options available to you.

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