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Distracted driving: phones are not the only problem

Do you feel like there are cell phones everywhere you look? Smartphones are just part of everyday life, so you probably do notice them in all kinds of places, like the grocery store, work and your own home. But just because people are using their phones everywhere does not mean that they should be. Distracted driving is a serious problem in Arizona, and some people are even causing accidents because they are looking at their phones instead of the road.

Part of the problem is that a lot of drivers do not believe that using phones is dangerous. A recent study from The Zebra found that only around 37% of drivers think that phones make it harder to drive safely. This means that most people think it is safe to do things like text, watch videos and take pictures while driving.

Drivers feel pressured

Different age groups use their phones differently while driving. For example, 37% of people between the ages of 18 and 34 say they feel pressured to reply to work messages right away when they are driving. Only 25% of all other ages feel like that.

It is not just messages from work that are a problem. The pressure to respond to text messages is a very real issue according to nearly 59% of iPhone users. iPhone users even feel like they have to answer video chat calls. Just over 70% regularly video chat while driving.

It is more than just phones

Distracted driving was around for a long time before phones hit the scene. Drivers have always found other things to focus on when they should be paying attention to the road. Here are just a few examples:

  • Adjusting the radio
  • Drinking or eating
  • Looking at children in the back
  • Transporting unrestrained pets
  • Daydreaming

Some of these probably seem like common, even harmless behaviors. But did you know that drivers who are drinking or eating are eight times as likely to cause a crash? Just because something is common does not mean that it is safe.

Should I worry about distracted driving or drunk driving?

Many people compare distracted driving and drunk driving, and both are very dangerous. Distracted driving causes 3,500 deaths every year while drunk drivers kill at least 10,000. No matter where you are, you should always do your best to keep an eye out for dangerous drivers.

You are a safe driver, so you probably never expected to be in a distracted driving accident. This can be a very frustrating situation, especially if the driver who caused your injuries was not even paying attention to the road. But you do have the option to try and get help. When an experienced lawyer helps you file a personal injury lawsuit, you can ask for financial compensation while also holding the other driver responsible for his or her actions.

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