A new study recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that drivers in the United States use their smartphones as much as 88% of time they are on more that 570 million trips that were taken between just December and February alone. That means approximately 5.6 million trips on a daily basis. When this is expanded to the entire U.S. population, more than 600 million daily trips involve serious distraction and use of the phone. Drivers distracted in their car could lead to serious accidents and personal injury claims.
An agency report recently published by the NHTSA indicates that 15% of injury crashes, 10% of fatal accidents and 14% of all police reported vehicle traffic crashes in 2015 were reported as being related to distraction. Up to 27,875 individuals in the U.S. were killed on U.S. highways in only the first three-quarters of 2016, which represented an increase of nearly 8% of the same period of 2015. Drivers distracted in the car can compromise the safety of everyone inside and others on the roads, including pedestrians, truckers, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
The study was conducted by company Zen Drive a maker of software that is designed to identify driver behavior for truck fleet owners. To date, this is the biggest distracted driving study conducted by that company. The states that had the highest number of individuals spending time on their phone while driving included Vermont, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Make sure you pay attention each time you’re in the car. Modeling good habits for new drivers, especially teenagers who are most likely to be seriously hurt in accidents, can be critical for cutting down on devastating injuries. Drivers distracted are a risk for everyone.