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Driver study reveals the most common phone-related distractions

Most people know that driving while distracted is a form of negligence. In an online study from Wakefield Research, nearly half of the 2,000 drivers who responded claimed that distracted driving was their top concern on the road. All but 1% ranked phone use as among the top three driver distractions. Considering these results, Tennessee residents may be surprised to hear that most of the respondents also engaged in distracted driving themselves.

Overall, participants admitted to using their cellphones for an average of 13 minutes a day while behind the wheel. The most prevalent phone-related distractions were responding to group chats, posting on and checking social and watching streaming videos.

Nearly two in five respondents claimed that they do not stop using their cellphones when law enforcement is around. At the same time, an overwhelming majority were critical of other drivers who use their phones. Nearly 90% said they would give a bad review to an Uber or Lyft driver who was caught texting while driving, and 39% even claimed that they have done so already. Research shows that 90% regarded themselves as better drivers than ride-hailing operators.

These kinds of attitudes will not avail one who causes a motor vehicle accident. Distracted driving is a form of negligence, and those who are injured as a result may be able to build a case against the at-fault party. It may be wise for a crash victim to hire a lawyer who can help develop a solid case. The lawyer may negotiate for a fair settlement with the defendant's auto insurance company. This may cover past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and vehicle damage.

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