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Survey on distracted driving touches on concerning trends

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2020 | Uncategorized

During February and March 2020, the artificial intelligence firm Netradyne conducted an online poll on distracted driving that involved 1,248 participants. These people were all 18 and over, had a standard driving license and said they use a car at least once a week. Drivers in Kentucky should know that the survey revealed the most common and most dangerous distractions.

Drinking liquids is the most common distraction

Drivers were most often distracted by drinking liquids whereas the most dangerous distraction was deemed to be social media use. The survey results clearly illustrated the consequences of distracted driving. While one in five respondents admitted to receiving a fine or points on their license, one in seven admitted to being in a crash that led to physical injuries and/or vehicle loss.

Drivers were well aware of the dangers

Respondents clearly showed an awareness that driving can be unsafe. In fact, half expressed their fear that driving is becoming less and less safe, and 81% agreed that distractions are on the rise. Yet few seemed to connect this with themselves. A little less than half agreed that they could be safer drivers, and 91% asserted that they were safe drivers. On the other hand, one-fifth pointed to commercial truck drivers as being unsafe.

What you can do after a car accident

When motor vehicle accidents involve a distracted driver, those injured through little or no fault of their own might be able to file a claim. To learn about your options for moving forward, you may want to consult an accident attorney. The attorney could speak on your behalf at the negotiation table for a settlement covering all medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle repair or replacement costs and pain and suffering.