Most Arizona drivers have access to smartphones, and they may also have access to vehicles that come with standard infotainment systems. There are more things than ever that could take a driver’s attention from the task at hand, but phones are the most common reason for distracted driving. In fact, the widespread use of phones has changed driving and drivers’ behaviors permanently.
A widespread safety concern
According to statistics, approximately 800,000 drivers are distracted behind the wheel each day. Despite a general understanding of the risks associated with distracted driving, hands-free laws and around 3,000 fatalities each year, many people still engage in this dangerous behavior. Arizona drivers often believe they can safely multitask because they are using hands-free devices.
Because of advances in technology, fewer drivers are holding their phones while driving because they have access to hands-free features. However, a driver can still be distracted when utilizing these features, even with both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. While drivers can call and text without holding their phones, it is still common for drivers to manipulate their phones while checking emails or scrolling social media.
The responsibility of all drivers
Phones have irrevocably changed driver behavior. Despite these changes, each individual remains responsible for his or her actions behind the wheel. If an Arizona driver causes an accident because of distraction that left another injured, the victim has the right to pursue legal recourse. Through the civil justice system, one may seek recovery of medical bills and other losses that occurred as a result of a distracted driving accident.