Data suggests distracted driving risks spike in summer months

Accidents related to distracted driving can occur anytime in Michigan. However, a recent analysis of the behaviors of 20,000-plus drivers suggests that people spend more time looking at their devices while behind the wheel from June through August. Findings from the analysis, which was commissioned by a major insurance company and a leading smartphone telematics platform, shows that summertime drivers are distracted for nearly 15 minutes per each hour spent driving. This is about 10 percent higher than what’s typical during other times of the year.

Summer is also a time when more people are on the road for vacations or holidays, making it more important to pay attention while driving. There are also more construction projects taking place and more pedestrians out and about during summer months, further presenting possible risks for motorists not paying attention. Inattentive drivers also present risks for other drivers who are keeping their eyes on the road along with nearby bikers and walkers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there are nearly 30 percent more roadway deaths from June through August than during winter months. Since accidents related to driver distractions are considered preventable, some insurance companies are launching programs to educate drivers on the importance of avoiding unnecessary distractions. Safety advocates also stress the importance of speaking up when friends or loved ones are not paying attention while driving.

Should a car accident involve a distracted driver, it can be beneficial for the victim to contact a personal injury lawyer. An attorney could help the victim obtain compensation that covers medical bills and more.