Many of the car crashes that happen today are a result of distracted drivers. There are many different kinds of distractions that take place in the world. Anything from texting to eating behind the wheel can result in a crash.
Did you know that around 7% of drivers are using their cellphones at any one time? It is pretty amazing to think that seven out of 100 people have their phones in their hands while driving right now.
Statistics show that 14% of all fatal crashes involve the use of cellphones. In 2018, 4,637 people died in crashes related to cellphone use or the use of other electronics.
Simply put, no distraction is safe.
How can drivers be safer behind the wheel?
One of the best ways to stay safer is to put away your cellphone. Some cellphones have technology that will turn off notifications while you’re driving, but on others, you may need to turn this on manually. It is a good idea to set it aside somewhere where you can’t reach for it. If you are prone to distractions, do your best to remove them from your vehicle.
In the event that you are hit by a driver who was obviously using a cellphone at the time of the collision, make sure that you mention this in your police report. Drivers need to take responsibility for their actions, and that means that they may be responsible for your medical care and other financial losses if they hit you due to distractions. Our website has more information about what to do if you are involved in a collision because of texting and driving.