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Study shows the continued prevalence of being a distracted driver

A greater focus is being placed on the dangers of being a distracted driver in New Jersey and across the U.S. While there has been a wealth of information and studies regarding the practice and why it is so dangerous, many people are unable to resist the temptation to check their smartphone even when they should be paying attention to the road and know how risky it is. Recent studies have indicated how prevalent the behavior is. A Zendrive study found that drivers used their phones an estimated 3.5 minutes for every hour. This is particularly troublesome because being distracted for two seconds raises the risk of an auto accident by 20 times.

In addition, this study used statistics from the National Safety Council that show a rise in the number of crashes in recent years. There had been a steady, four-decade reduction until the number of deaths went beyond 40,000 in 2016 for the first time in a decade. That was an increase of 6 percent from the previous year. The Zendrive study looked at 3.1 million drivers who went out on the road 570 million times and traveled 5.6 billion miles between December of 2016 and February of 2017.

The Governors Highway Safety Association states that it is difficult stop people from partaking in distracted driving activities like making phone calls that had previously been forgotten or replying to a text message. Drivers are thought to be under the impression that they can multitask and use their smartphones while driving. The reality of approximately 3,500 people dying on an annual basis due to distracted driving is indicative that this is not the case.

People who have been in an auto accident will face medical expenses, lost wages, the possible need to be cared for an extended period if not for the rest of their lives. This can put a financial, personal and emotional strain on everyone in the family. With car accidents due to texting and driving or some other distracted behavior, an investigation is key to garner evidence as to why it happened for a legal case. Contacting an attorney immediately can help with commencing with the investigation and pursuing litigation.

Source: New York Post, "A disturbing number of people still use cellphones while driving," Mark Moore, April 17, 2017

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