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Study shows the dangers of distracted drivers and a car accident

The problem of drivers operating their vehicles while distracted goes beyond South Carolina and extends throughout the country and even all over the world. Access to information has its benefits, but when a smartphone is readily available, many people cannot resist the temptation to grab it at any opportunity and check texts, emails, social media and more. For those who have been in an accident or lost a loved one, it is important to know how and why it happened. Increasingly, these accidents are occurring because of a distracted driver. This can be a key factor in personal injury claims or wrongful death cases.

A new study from Zendrive discovered how prevalent the problem really is. It shows that 88 percent of drivers are using their phones while behind the wheel. This information was culled by using sensor data for more than 3 million drivers. They traveled 5.6 billion miles during these trips. According to the study, an average driver will be using his or her smartphone for 3.5 minutes for every hour on the road. To place this into context, a distraction that lasts for two seconds can raise the danger of being in a car accident by 20 percent.

Although there is much anecdotal evidence of seeing people on the road who are simultaneously driving and using their smartphones, this study brings the issue into clearer dimensions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that almost 3,500 people were killed in accidents due to distractions in 2015. This new study and the growing number of people who have smartphones are no doubt making this worse. Attempts at tamping down on the practice with law enforcement issuing citations are believed to be having an effect, but many states do not have a law regarding distracted drivers. Even if they do, there is a limit to the amount of good it does.

This information is important for people who have been in a crash if it is believed that the other driver was distracted at the time of the accident. Having legal help in pursuing compensation in a car accident case can be imperative. An attorney will know how to go about gathering evidence that could show whether the other driver was distracted at the time of the car accident. For this type of help, calling a Pawleys Island South Carolina personal injury attorney can be the first step.

Source: wired.com, "Turns Out, A Horrifying Number Of People Use Their Phones While Driving," Aarian Marshall, April 17, 2017

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