Distracted driving can be a major threat to Mississippi roads, and the demands of a modern connected workplace may be a significant contributor to the danger. According to research conducted by Motus, the rise in smartphone ownership has been accompanied by a growth in accident rates. In 2013, 55 percent of mobile workers owned a smartphone; by 2017, that figure had grown to 77 percent. At the same time, car accidents increased from 5.7 million per year to 6.4 million, an upswing of 12.3 percent. While texting while driving and other dangerous behaviors are often linked to casual phone users, the study noted the particular demands on mobile workers who must stay connected.

According to the study, mobile workers drive more than average. In fact, they take 49 percent more trips on the road than other types of workers. At the same time, they are subject to ever-present demands on their time transmitted via the smartphone. Therefore, the study said that each mobile worker travels around 1,200 miles while distracted.

While workers on the road have always faced distractions like navigation, music controls and eating, smartphone ownership has been correlated with an increased number of car accidents. The Motus study pointed out that telephone use while driving is at its peak in the mid-afternoon hours, some of the busiest times for mobile workers to be driving.

When people drive while texting, surfing the internet or otherwise distracted, they can all too easily crash into other drivers and pedestrians. The costs of these car wrecks can be substantial, including severe injuries and permanent disabilities. At the Office of George B. Ready, we work with crash victims to seek compensation for these damages.