Americans Struggle with Distracted Driving Habits

By Steven Miller
Senior Partner

In Garden City and across the United States, approximately 80 percent of drivers talk on their cell phones while driving. Three out of every 10 drivers admit that they barely escaped from getting involved in car crashes because of their distracted driving activities. The Travelers Companies, Inc., an insurance company, recently published the new 2019 Travelers Risk Index. The index included about 2,000 drivers who were questioned about distracted driving.

The results show that 44 percent of drivers type texts, read emails and send emails while driving. About 23 percent use Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Another 22 percent of the participants record videos or take pictures. Plus, 15 percent visit online vendors while driving. Nearly half of the drivers involved in the study admitted that they would find it difficult to stop engaging in distracted driving activities while driving their vehicles.

One major problem is that 87 percent of business managers want to stay in touch with their traveling employees. Many workers worry about losing their jobs if they do not respond to supervisors’ messages. Other employees stated that their bosses expect them to respond immediately. Other workers mentioned that they get most of their work done while driving. Business owners who continue to pressure employees need to change their policies in light of the statistic that distracted drivers cause frequent motor vehicle accidents.

A person who is injured by a distracted driver may lose their job and have trouble finding other employment. One way to solve this problem is to seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer. A successful lawsuit compensates the injured person in addition to any insurance-related monies received from an insurance claim. People who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents may benefit from contacting a personal injury attorney before the statute of limitations expires.

About the Author
Steven Miller, Esq. is the founding member and Senior Partner in Miller, Montiel & Strano, P.C. Mr. Miller’s extensive career as a trial attorney spans five decades. He tries cases for the catastrophically injured victims of construction site accidents, motor vehicle and premises accidents caused by the negligence of others. Mr. Miller is a detail oriented, tenacious attorney committed to achieving the maximum results for his clients; he has obtained numerous seven figure verdicts and settlements.