Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Distracted Driving EpidemicMay 26, 2017
It is hard to imagine how we did anything or got anywhere without the use of a smartphone. No missed calls, no getting lost, and answers to any question right at your fingertips all thanks to smartphone technology. The downside is that too many people have a hard time putting their phones down when they should be concentrating on other things. This is especially true when people are behind the wheel. For many drivers, the sound of a text or a phone call is too tempting to ignore. As a result, the number of car accidents has been steadily rising, as have insurance rates. Insurers claim that the widespread use of smartphones may be to blame.
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company recently conducted a study which surveyed motorists about certain driving behaviors in connection with their cell phone use. Thirty-six percent of the responders admitted to texting while driving. Twenty-nine percent of responders said that they browsed the internet while operating their vehicle. This is a significant increase from surveys done in the past. In addition, the number of smartphone users who participated in the State Farm survey increased from 52 percent in 2011 to 88 percent in 2015.
While more research needs to be done to study this rise in traffic accidents and its connection to distracted driving, researchers are confident that the increase in smartphone use is driving up the number of wrecks. In fact, according to researchers involved in the study, it is likely that the problem is even bigger than current research reflects. Researchers suggest that it is safe to assume that many of the drivers surveyed did not admit to using their smartphone while behind the wheel, even though it is likely that they do. Therefore, in reality, these numbers are likely even higher.
Other Contributing Factors
While distracted driving in connection to cell phone use is an undeniable issue, other factors may also be contributing to the rise in traffic accidents. A growing economy and lower gas prices mean more people are driving and there are more vehicles on the roads. From a statistical standpoint, the more vehicles on the roads, the more chances there are for a car accident to occur.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Assist Clients Injured in Distracted Driving Accidents
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident involving another driver who was using his or her smartphone at the time of the accident, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. It only takes a matter of seconds for a wreck to occur when someone’s attention is away from the road because they are sending a text or making a phone call. Our dedicated team will determine who is responsible for your injuries and hold them responsible for their actions. We will not stop until we have secured the maximum financial compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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