There are many different causes of human error-based accidents, which is pushing the surge for autonomous vehicles to be on the road sooner rather than later. A new AAA study, however, finds that April being Distracted Driving awareness month is appropriate because distracted driving is a top concern for other drivers. When compared with other risky behavior such as drunk driving, use of drugs and aggressive driving, the 2017 Traffic Safety Culture Index by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, identified that distracted driving was a leading concern for drivers on the road today. In fact, nearly 90% of motorists believe that distracted driving is much worse today than it was three years ago.
Approximately 60% of respondents felt that a driver talking on a cellphone behind the wheel was a critical threat to personal safety, and nearly 80% view texting in the same way. Unfortunately, drivers’ behaviors don’t match their own concerns about what’s happening on the road. Approximately half of the drivers admitted to talking on a cellphone they held in their hands, and around 35% say they’ve sent an email message or text message while on the road.
This means that despite the fact that people are aware of the risks associated with distracted driving, and are concerned about it for other people, they are engaging in this behavior on their own, assuming a false sense of confidence. Anyone who is hurt in a distracted driving accident will likely have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim.