In Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S., drivers are finding it harder than ever to break away from distractions, especially from their phones. In a survey of more than 2,000 consumers, the Travelers Companies found that nearly eight in 10 uses the phone while behind the wheel. Over 30% were in a near-miss crash because of it.
The respondents to the survey admitted to using their phone for a wide range of reasons. Forty-four percent, for instance, would type a text or email with it, 23% would access social media and 22% would record videos or take photographs. Lastly, 15% claimed to use their phones to shop online while driving. Among the owners of phones with a Do Not Disturb feature, 41% would actively choose not to turn it on.
Some think it would be difficult to stop reading texts or emails behind the wheel (13%) or to stop sending texts and emails (11%). Even more disheartening is the fact that 19% claimed they would continue to drive distracted even if it were against the law.
Certain businesses require constant connectivity from their employees, which may play a role in this unsafe trend. The survey also mentions the passivity of passengers as another problem: 16% responded that they never speak up when riding with a distracted driver.
Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents, and those who are injured at the hands of a distracted driver are eligible for compensation. Plaintiffs who are 50% or less at fault might recover damages in this state. Still, to ensure the highest possible settlement, victims may want a lawyer by their side. The lawyer might hire investigators to establish the defendant’s guilt before heading off to negotiations. A successful claim may cover things like medical expenses and lost wages.