Most Americans have cell phones, and most rely on these devices for everything from basic communication to work tasks. This technology has made the world a safer place in many ways, but it has also led to an increase in danger in specific ways as well. While on the road, phone use significantly increases the chance of an accident, and despite the known risk of distracted driving, drivers continue to engage in this dangerous behavior.
Some experts place the blame for distracted driving on phone addiction. They say that distraction-related accidents are the direct result of drivers’ inability to put their phones down and focus on the task at hand. Drivers are often under the impression they can safely multitask, but in reality, even a few moments of distraction can lead to devastating consequences.
Texting is the main culprit
Studies find that the main way phones continue to contribute to motor vehicle accidents is due to texting. To combat this problem, many states now prohibit texting or holding a cellular device while driving. However, this has done little to discourage overall phone-related distraction. In a recent survey, approximately half of all drivers say that they use their phones for approximately 10% of their time behind the wheel. While any driver could engage in dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, young drivers are more likely to drive while distracted.
According to the National Safety Council, distracted driving is responsible for the deaths of approximately nine people each day, and the injury of 100 more. Phone addiction is a serious safety concern for South Dakota drivers, with some drivers picking up their phones an estimated 49 times for every 100 miles they drive. Many have a dependency on their smartphones, making it difficult to drive even short distances without looking at the screen or manipulating the device.
The responsibility of drivers
Each driver is responsible for the choices he or she makes behind the wheel, especially the choices that result in the harm of another person. If a distracted driver caused the accident that left you with painful injuries, expensive medical bills and other losses, there are legal options available to you. You may have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim, a course of action that could provide an opportunity to recoup your losses and cover other damages you experienced.