Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Study on Phones and DrivingMay 15, 2017
It is a widely-known fact that using a cell phone when driving, whether to talk or text, can have dangerous consequences. Looking away from the road for even a few seconds can be deadly, especially while traveling at a high speed. Yet, while so many recognize the dangers of distracted driving, too many drivers continue to use their phones to text and talk while behind the wheel. According to a study released by analytics firm, Zendrive, Americans are guilty of using their phones almost every time they operate their vehicle. Unfortunately, this means that serious, sometimes fatal car accidents continue to occur that could have been prevented if the driver simply put down his or her phone.
In the largest distracted driving study to date, Zendrive analyzed phone habits of 3.1 million drivers who made 570 million trips that covered 5.6 billion miles between December of 2016 and February of 2017. One key finding from their research shows that, of the Americans surveyed, drivers reported using their phones in 88 out of every 100 trips. From this study sample alone, that is comparable to drivers talking or texting on 5.6 million trips each day. According to a Zendrive spokesperson, when factoring that number into the total driving population in the United States, it equates to approximately 600 million distracted driving trips each day.
Based on research from Oregon State University, a mere two-second distraction can increase the chances of being in a wreck by 20 times. Considering the fact that the drivers in the study spent an average of 3.5 minutes on their phone over the course of an hour-long trip, their chances of being in an accident rose dramatically. As such, there are roughly 105 potential opportunities for distracted drivers to cause a car accident, injuring themselves and other drivers on the road.
Awareness Efforts Focus on Problem Areas
A separate study by the U.S. Governors Highway Safety Association found an 11 percent increase in pedestrian deaths last year, of which smartphones were partially to blame. In an effort to raise awareness of this issue, Zendrive will be working with local communities, safety experts, as driving coaches to help drivers make more responsible decisions when it comes to cell phone use.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight for Distracted Driving Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, contact the experienced Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. Our dedicated team will investigate the circumstances of your case, and determine who is responsible for your injuries. We will aggressively pursue the maximum financial compensation that you deserve, ensuring that your legal rights are protected along the way. To set up a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.