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Are distracted drivers becoming more common?

On Behalf of | Aug 25, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Because driving is comparatively easy for most adults to do, motorists sometimes do not devote enough attention to doing it safely. Distracted driving is a deadly serious problem, though. In fact, according to the Zebra, it kills approximately eight Americans every single day. This means nearly 3,500 individuals die because of distracted driving annually.

Because smartphones have become increasingly popular in recent years, it makes sense to think distracted driving has become more common. This is likely true, despite massive educational campaigns and stepped-up enforcement efforts.

Drivers with young children

It may come as no surprise to you that young children can be distracting. When parents drive with infants and toddlers in the car, they may pay more attention to the young ones in the back than they do to driving safely.

Drivers with work-related obligations

Too many American workers feel an obligation always to be available for work-related duties. Responding to work e-mails, sending texts and even taking calls on the road, though, can put other drivers and pedestrians in extreme danger.

Drivers with social media followers

America’s obsession with social media shows no signs of slowing. While there may be nothing inherently wrong with posting to these platforms, uploading content from behind the wheel of a car, truck or SUV is never safe, particularly when the vehicle is in motion.

The things that encourage drivers to take their hands, eyes or minds away from the task of driving responsibly are probably here to stay. Ultimately, this means motorists and others are likely to be in danger because of distracted driving for the foreseeable future.

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