Driving distractions are not just limited to cellphone use, not by any means, but phones are the most common type of distraction. Part of the reason is versatility. For instance, you can stream music, use a GPS or text your friends; all of those are different distractions, but they can all come from the same source: your phone.
One major aspect to consider is the role of phone addiction. And it’s about more than willpower. It’s a real issue that consumes the lives of many Americans, and phone apps were specifically designed to make you feel more and more addicted over time.
This addiction can make you do things that are not safe. For instance, maybe you checked your latest Instagram picture to see who liked it before you got into the car. Ten minutes into the drive, though, you find yourself at a red light, and you begin wondering if there are any new likes. Even though you just checked, you’re likely to pick the phone up and do it again.
As a result, many distracted drivers who cause car accidents can offer no real explanation for their actions. They’re not on the phone trying to handle an emergency at home or doing something else important. They’re just browsing the web or checking social media. It becomes apparent how dangerous and pointless that is after they cause the crash, but by then, it is far too late for there to be any other outcome.
If you get injured by one of these distracted drivers, you may have a right to financial compensation.