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Smartphone use increases the risk of a car accident

Most people in Tennessee are well aware of the ever-increasing presence of technology in our lives. Although easy access to the internet and quick communication can be beneficial, these technological advances can also prove dangerous. This is especially true for those who attempt to use personal technology while driving. Whether a motorist tries to text and drive, surf the web on a smart phone, or adjust a radio or mp3 player, their attention is taken from the road. Even if it only seems like a moment, depending on the vehicle's speed, significant distances can pass while the driver's attention is distracted.

Smartphone usage while driving is a growing concern. In 2014 alone, more than 169 billion text messages were sent in the U.S., and the number of individuals who send these messages while driving is likely increasing as well. In fact, it is estimated that at any given time during the day, about 660,000 motorists are using an electronic device, including a cell phone, while driving.

This problem isn't going away soon, despite efforts to raise awareness of distracted driving. Smartphone ownership has increased from 52 to 80 percent between 2011 and 2014, and on just about any drive an individual can see another motorist looking at their phone.

Tragically, these circumstances often result in wrecks that cause serious injuries. Victims of accidents caused by distracted drivers may be able to recover compensation for their damages, as long as they can prove the other driver was primarily at fault in causing the wreck.

Source: Distraction.gov, "What is distracted driving?" accessed on Dec. 30, 2016

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