Most Arizona drivers understand that it is dangerous to engage in distracting behaviors while behind the wheel. Despite the known dangers of distracted driving, many still make the choice to pick up their phone or do things that take their attention from the task at hand. Any type of distraction increases the chance of an accident, and it places everyone at risk for serious injuries, property damage and more.
The dangers of distraction
Approximately 93% of all drivers surveyed have determined that more drivers are taking risks, driving while distracted and making poor choices behind the wheel. Motor vehicle accident fatalities are at their highest point in the last two decades.
Phone use continues to be the leading cause of distracted driving, but other sources include eating, drinking, reading billboards, infotainment systems and more. Drivers may read texts, type a message, check email or even scroll social media while driving. Hands-free features may seem less dangerous to many, but they can also be quite distracting.
Causing harm to others
Despite knowing the dangers, distraction continues to be a problem for many Arizona drivers. After distraction-related accidents, victims have the right to seek justice and compensation through a civil claim. It is possible to hold responsible parties financially accountable for the harm they caused others through their negligent and reckless behaviors.