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Is distracted driving still a problem?

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Despite two decades’ worth of educational and enforcement efforts, distracted driving remains a pervasive problem on roads throughout the U.S. This safety challenge contributes significantly to the causes of traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities that occur each and every day. 

Despite increased awareness and stricter laws, the lure of multitasking while behind the wheel continues to endanger lives. The widespread use of smartphones has exacerbated the issue of distracted driving. Activities such as texting, checking emails or using social media while driving divide a driver’s attention, significantly increasing the risk of a collision. Even hands-free devices, which many assume are safer, can distract drivers mentally, taking their focus away from the road.

Beyond technology, other forms of distraction include eating, adjusting the radio or navigation system and interacting with passengers. Each of these activities might seem harmless individually, but they can cumulatively lead to a lack of driver focus and slower reaction times, which are crucial in preventing accidents.

What do the statistics say?

Data from traffic safety agencies consistently highlights the dangers and prevalence of distracted driving. For instance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports thousands of deaths annually attributable to distracted driving in the United States alone. These statistics underline the fact that despite ongoing education and enforcement efforts, distracted driving remains a significant safety threat.

From a legal standpoint, distracted driving can severely impact personal injury claims. If a driver is found to have been distracted at the time of an accident, they can be held liable for negligence. This kind of determination of fault almost always influences the compensation victims receive for their injuries and losses. Personal injury law firms often use evidence of distracted driving to strengthen their clients’ cases, demonstrating negligence on the part of a distracted driver in order to secure compensation for a crash victim. 

At the end of the day, distracted driving continues to be a significant problem that demands ongoing attention and action. Those who have been affected by this destructive practice can potentially benefit from taking legal action against those who – intentionally or unintentionally – have prioritized distraction over safety.