Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) of Massachusetts has released their latest findings regarding distracted driving in a new study. The study, which took into account hundreds of thousands of drivers, showed that distraction by phone occurred in 52 percent of trips that resulted in a crash.
The study breaks down driving behavior into six distinct categories including excessive speeding, braking, acceleration, cornering, phone usage while driving, and the time of driving.
CMT published the following key findings in their study:
- The average amount of time a driver was distracted in a trip involved a crash was 135 seconds
- Distraction often occurs at high speeds, accounting for 29 percent of drives that involve phone distractions at more than two minutes at a time
- In trips that result in a crash, distracted driving occurred 52 percent of the time
As the ubiquity of cell phones and other devices grow, studies just like these are sharing many of the same results: Drivers are more distracted than ever. In recent years, the accidents that result in fatalities or injuries have come close to matching those caused by driving under the influence. Worst of all, studies suggest that the dangers of distracted driving are caused by people of all ages, and studies suggest no signs of slowing any time soon.
While there are many precautions that could be taken to reduce or eliminate distracted driving, accidents still do happen and when they do, catastrophic injury can occur. Nobody should have to suffer due to another person’s recklessness.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident that involved a distracted driver, Contact Liddon Law Firm today at 205-224-5675 or online to schedule your case consultation. You could be eligible for compensation.