Virtually everyone in Kentucky knows that distracted driving is dangerous. Unfortunately, as you have probably already noticed, many drivers do not seem to care. Since you are a safe driver, you know how important it is to pay attention to the road, but there is nothing you can do to truly protect yourself from distracted drivers.
Even though you have seen other drivers using their phones, you may not realize just how big the problem is. A large percentage of millennials and Gen Xers admit they use smartphones while driving. Even nearly half of baby boomers engage in this dangerous behavior.
Are smartphones really a problem?
You are more likely to find a millennial or Gen Xer who does use a smartphone while driving than one who does not. In a Liberty Mutual Insurance study, 86% of millennial drivers in the United States admit to using smartphones behind the wheel. This is not an isolated problem to a single generation, however, because 72% of Gen X drivers and 49% of baby boomers also admit to the same behavior.
Liberty Mutual’s study also looked at how often drivers in Europe use their smartphones. The results showed that American drivers are far more likely to let their phones distract them when they are supposed to be paying attention to the road. This can be really upsetting, especially since you do your very best to drive as safely as possible.
Distracted driving is more than just texting
Multi-tasking is a serious problem. Many drivers — including 63% of millennials — say they regularly save certain daily tasks for driving. Things like applying makeup and eating are common examples of this type of multi-tasking.
Using social media is another big distraction. According to the study, 33% of millennial drivers say they use social media apps when they drive. Yet, only 3% of baby boomer drivers and 15% of Gen X drivers admit to the same. Even though millennials are more likely to use social media behind the wheel, you should still be wary of any driver whom you see using a phone.
Aggressive driving, speeding making things worse
The problems do not stop at distracted driving. Of millennial drivers who participated in the study, 47% said they drive aggressively at least some of the time. When asked the same question, 22% of baby boomers reported aggressive driving habits. When asking respondents of all age groups about speeding, 38% said they routinely speed. Many of those drivers say they speed and even run stop signs because they are running late.
Perhaps you did your best to drive safely, but there was nothing you could do to avoid the distracted driver who injured you. You may need help paying your medical bills related to your accident, especially if you had to take time off work to focus on your recovery. However, proving that distracted drivers are responsible for these types of injuries can be hard. If you choose to work with a knowledgeable attorney for pursuing a personal injury suit, demonstrating that negligence may be easier than if you dealt with the matter on your own.