Michigan drivers are more likely to be distracted behind the wheel by their mobile phones than motorists in other states. However, they are certainly not the worst. That dubious honor goes to Mississippi drivers. This is according to data released by Everdrive, an app that tracks drivers' habits while operating their vehicles.
Dangerous drivers can be found throughout the country. While some of the most distracted drivers are in southern states, motorists in the northeast are more likely to speed or brake hard before stopping. All of these driving behaviors could pose a risk to people on the roads and lead to dangerous and devastating car accidents.
When a driver's attention is on their phone or other technology rather than the road, their eyes and mind can easily slip away from the traffic in front of them. Indeed, 3,477 people lost their lives due to distracted driving vehicle accidents in 2015. Distracted driving can span beyond technology issues. for example, eating behind the wheel or fiddling with the radio can also keep drivers from paying attention to the road.
The study also noted that states with stricter laws against phone use behind the wheel, including Vermont, Oregon, Hawaii and Washington, have fewer distracted drivers. While legal approaches have been one major mechanism to crack down on distracted driving, some phone apps that prevent usage while driving can also help.
Car accidents caused by distracted driving can lead to severe injuries and even fatalities. People who have been injured on the roadway due to another's distracted, dangerous or negligent driving can consult with legal counsel. A lawyer could help an accident victim obtain compensation.