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Drivers Still Finding New Ways to be Distracted?

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

It seems each week there is another new safety campaign started by a state or federal agency designed to increase the awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Yet nearly any time we head out on roadways, we see drivers talking or texting while they are behind the wheel. These motorists are risking the safety of others due to their distraction, no matter how quickly they return their attention to the road.

According to a recent survey by State Farm Insurance, nearly 24 percent of the 1,000 drivers surveyed admitted to using their phones to browse the Internet while driving. This is a double-digit increase over 2009 survey results. Experts attribute the increase to the more widespread usage of smartphones across all age groups. With more phones being used while driving, the risk increases for more motor vehicle accidents. Nearly half of those surveyed feel that using a handheld cellphone while driving is somewhat distracting, yet they still continue to engage in this type of behavior.

As this survey shows, there are constantly more distractions being directed toward motorists. Recently, a California motorist made the news when she received a ticket for wearing Google Glass when behind the wheel. The officer believed that the device allowed the motorist to access a screen while driving, which is prohibited under California's law that restricts motorists from watching television when operating a motor vehicle.

These new technologies may force states to address the distracted driving laws that they currently have in place, or else they may see more accidents caused by these types of drivers. Those individuals involved in a collision may be uncertain about what they should do to potentially preserve evidence at the scene. Take as many photos as possible of the damage to the vehicles, and also try to document any other unusual conditions that were present at that time.

Gather the contact information of any witnesses who observed the crash, so that they can be contacted if the case needs to be litigated. Also, be sure that the police are notified of the accident, so that they can fill out a report on the incident. This is often very important evidence in automobile accident cases.

If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, you will want to discuss your possible claims with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney after seeking treatment for your injuries. An attorney will be able to give you an overview of your case, and help you recover compensation from those parties responsible for causing the accident.