Arizona readers are aware that distracted driving in all forms in a serious problem in the state and everywhere else in the country. From cell phones to in-car infotainment systems, drivers have no shortage of things that can take their attention off the road. Of course, the use of phones is the primary reason for many distracted driving incidents.
Distracted driving is an issue that does not seem to be getting better, despite the fact that most people know it is dangerous and reckless. In fact, if drivers even look at a phone while driving, it exponentially increases the chances of an accident. Despite the risks, legislative measures and awareness campaigns, a startling number of drivers admit to using their phones while also operating a vehicle.
Survey indicates a growing and serious problem
You may be interested to know that a recent survey found that at least half of all drivers admit to using their phones while operating a vehicle. This means that half of all drivers are willingly engaging in behaviors that will increase their chance of involvement in a crash.
Some people believe that distracted driving is actually a worse problem than drunk driving. While a lot of people text and drive, others are excessively dangerous by doing things like streaming movies and videos while driving. In 2016, distracted driving was responsible for almost 3,500 deaths. The survey also learned the following about drivers and dangerous behaviors:
- Around eight percent of drivers admit that they have watched a YouTube video while driving.
- About 41 percent of drivers admit to using phones when stuck traffic while it is not moving or moving slowly.
- Almost 20 percent of drivers admit to using social media on their phones while driving.
There is no excuse for distracted driving. If you are a victim of this dangerous and irresponsible type of behavior, you have options. It may be possible to hold liable parties accountable through a civil claim.
Your recovery can start now
Distracted driving is an epidemic, but victims do not have to suffer in silence. After an accident, you may find it beneficial to start with a complete evaluation of your case in order to understand the legal options available to you. You could have grounds to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury claim. Seeking guidance from an experienced attorney can be an initial step for you as you pursue recompense and recovery.