Insurance study reveals driver distraction still a major issue

| Apr 30, 2019 | Personal Injury |

Most drivers in Mississippi and other states are aware that driving while distracted is a problem. This is one of the main takeaways from an annual survey by an insurance company that offers discounts for drivers who avoid using their phones while driving. The insurance provider behind the study notes that for many drivers, mobile device use has become second nature, and there are more distractions than ever for drivers today.

The survey revealed that while many drivers know distracted driving is wrong, they still do it. Drivers who were surveyed admitted to using their devices while driving about 13 minutes a day. Also, nearly 40% of the drivers surveyed said they don’t even put their devices down when they see law enforcement officials. Specific phone-related distractions identified included group chats, social media and streaming video.

Surprisingly, most of the surveyed motorists are intolerant of distracting driving behaviors in others, even though they do the same thing. For example, nearly 90% said they would give a share-ride driver a bad rating if they were texting while driving. Approximately 30% of drivers also admitted to steering with body parts other than hands, like their knees. Makeup application and other forms of grooming, playing with a pet and changing clothes were other types of distractions mentioned in the study. Behavioral data referenced in the report showed that 18- to 24-year-olds used their phones 20 times per 100 miles driven.

From a legal perspective, negligent use of devices while driving is often provable by looking at available data. For instance, a personal injury lawyer may look to see if there’s a record of device activity at the time an accident occurred. Witnesses may also be interviewed to determine if other individuals might have spotted a driver not paying attention behind the wheel in the moments before a car accident occurred.  If you believe you have been injured by a distracted driver,  call George B. Ready to protect your rights and recover for your injuries.