Distracted driving has been around as long as driving itself. Whether it is children crying or fighting in the back seat, a puppy jumping around on a driver’s lap, or simply taking one’s eyes of of the road to tune the radio, distracted driving has been the cause of countless motor vehicle accidents and fatalities. It’s just in the last five to ten years that distracted driving has become the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents surpassing driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In addition, distracted driving is the number one cause of death in young people under the age of 33. The primary reason for the surge in distracted driving accidents is the explosion of smart phone usage and using your device to send and receive text messages and receive and review notifications.
The rise in distracted driving deaths has caught the attention of billionaire Warren Buffet who states in a recent Wall Street Journal interview that he thinks that smart phone usage or “texting” is the primary cause of the almost 14% leap in motor vehicle fatalities year over year starting in 2014. The National Safety Council agrees and has determined that cell phone usage by those driving a motor vehicle causes 25% of all car crashes. In addition, property damage rose the same percentage to a total of approximately $150 billion.
The scourge that cell phone usage by drivers is creating on our nation’s highways was brought to the attention of Buffet when one of the companies that his investment fund owns, Geico Insurance, fell so much as to cause a 37% decrease in the fund’s net profit. While Buffet attributes the rise in accidents and the corresponding increase in insurance premiums to texting, executives at Geico site other factors such as more driving because of lower gas prices, bad weather and more people driving to work in a recovering economy.
Regardless of the cause of the accident, if you have been injured or have had a loved one killed by the negligence of another driver, call our law firm today. Gathering evidence like police reports, eyewitness accounts, and cell phone records all play an important role in building your case. We can get the driver’s cell phone records and see if he/she was texting when the accident occurred.