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Distracted driving is both prevalent and dangerous

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

There are many ways in which a person can become distracted while driving in Louisiana and across the country. According to a study from Zendrive, distracted driving rose in each area in which data was collected and analyzed. The research also found that motorists may engage in dangerous activities behind the wheel while also portraying themselves as safe drivers. Overall, 90 percent of respondents said that they considered themselves to be in that category.

However, 47 percent of respondents said that they used their phones more than 10 percent of the time while driving. This means that they are not focusing on the road for 28 percent of the time that they are driving, which makes them a bigger threat than drunk drivers. A representative from said that smartphone use had become an epidemic and was one of the most dangerous things a driver could do.

Companies such as Apple and Google have developed tools that aim to help drivers better focus on the road. According to the research conducted by Zendrive, Houston was the most distracted city in America. Drivers in that city were on their phones 9.44 percent of the time that they were driving. Other cities in the top five included Detroit, Denver and San Diego.

Victims of motor vehicle accidents caused by individuals using their phones while driving may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. An attorney may use evidence such as driver statements or cellphone records to establish that smartphone use resulted in a collision taking place. Compensation may help to pay for current and future medical bills related to the crash. It may also help to pay for lost wages and future earnings.