Distracted driving is one of the most significant threats to the safety and well-being of Ohio drivers. This has been a growing concern for a number of years, but there is no sign that the problem is diminishing. In fact, due to more cell phone use than ever before and more vehicles coming with distracting infotainment systems, it is possible that this issue will only get worse.
With drivers more distracted than ever, researchers and authorities continue their quest to find ways to combat distracted driving. Through civil and criminal penalties, as well as widespread awareness campaigns, people hope to encourage more drivers to refrain from engaging in distracting behaviors while behind the wheel.
Is there a way to fight it?
Fighting distracted driving may start with understanding more about the problem and why people engage in such a dangerous behavior. Statistics only emphasize the severity of the problem. Approximately 4,000 people die in distraction-related accidents every year, and about 1,000 people suffer injuries in distracted driving accidents each day. It may be helpful to take a closer look at why people still drive while distracted. Consider the following:
- While most people clearly understand the danger associated with distracted driving, different groups view it in different ways. Some may view it as more socially acceptable.
- Adults tend to view distracted driving as risky and dangerous, describing the situation as a whole instead of the driver individually.
- When polled, students and younger drivers view distracted driving as selfish and irresponsible, placing more blame on the driver.
This could indicate that younger drivers attach more personal accountability to the issue of distracted driving. This is an encouraging sign, possibly pointing to a changing perception on distracted driving. Changing how people view and excuse this negligent behavior could be a key in reducing the number of distracted driving accidents.
Holding distracted drivers accountable
Regardless of the age of the driver or why he or she engaged in distracted driving, each person is responsible for his or her decisions made behind the wheel. If a distracted individual caused an accident that left you injured, you have the right to seek to hold him or her accountable through a personal injury claim.
Fighting distracted driving could start by fighting for rightful compensation when negligent individuals cause you harm. After a complete evaluation of your case, you can better understand the options that may be available to you and how you can pursue a full and fair recovery.