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Cell phone use remains a leading cause of distracted driving

On Behalf of | Sep 14, 2023 | Car Accidents

While a collision can occur under various scenarios, the risks of a dangerous outcome may only be greater when drivers lose focus on the task at hand. Distracted driving remains a leading cause of far too many collisions, and the outcome of such an incident could pose a dire threat to your safety and health.

While there may be numerous reasons why drivers might lose focus while out on Delaware roads, some concerns might prove more prevalent than others. Cell phone use continues to be a contributing factor in many distracted driving collisions, and if you encounter such negligence, there might not be anything you can do to avoid an impending danger.

Surveys on cell phone usage

Talking on a cell phone while driving can be dangerous enough as is, even with a hands-free device. However, this isn’t the only thing drivers do with their cell phones while behind the wheel. A survey indicates that drivers use their phones for various reasons, some of which include:

  • Navigation: Results from a recent survey indicate that many drivers admitted to using their phones for navigation while driving. Glancing down at a phone for directions can be exceedingly dangerous.
  • Texts and emails: Some drivers also indicated that they use their phones to respond to emails and text messages. This could also place one at risk of losing focus and causing a collision to occur.
  • Social media: Studies also suggest that social media is another topic of concern, as many drivers admitted to checking or posting updates to their accounts while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
  • Online shopping: Nearly 20% of individuals who took part in this survey also stated that they have used their phones to browse and shop with online stores while driving.

Some drivers may also use their phones to snap photos or take selfies while driving. Even if this only takes a few seconds, that may be all it takes for a driver to lose focus and create a hazardous situation.

The impact

While a collision involving a distracted driver could occur at any moment, the fallout of the incident could have a lingering impact on your life. Suffering serious or life-changing injuries due to such reckless behavior can be a harrowing experience. Following a collision involving similar circumstances, you may have grounds to seek restitution via the civil justice system. Since this can be a complex endeavor, it might be helpful to seek guidance in preparing to navigate every stage of the subsequent process.