Over half of vehicle accidents caused by smartphone use

Traffic accident fatalities have increased by 14 percent since 2014. The reason may be due to smartphone use. According to Cambridge Mobile Telematics, 52 percent of vehicle crashes involved drivers who had been using their smartphones just before the crashes.

State and local governments have been aware of the dangers of smartphones and driving, but new laws to curb smartphone use have not seemed to help. Drivers continue to be distracted by these devices, even when laws exist to prohibit their use.

According to the chief technology officer of Cambridge Mobile Telematics, distracted driving is one of the most pressing concerns for public safety at this time. He says that we need to critically review how we can reduce the dangers posed by smartphone use and driving.

His company has developed an app to combat distracted driving head-on. Drivers who use the app have been shown to reduce their cellphone distractions by 35 percent. In turn, they also reduce instances of hard braking by 20 percent and cases of at-risk speeding by 20 percent. All this can be achieved in under a month by drivers who use their "DriveWell" app. Cambridge Mobile Telematics says it wants to use the same technology that is endangering drivers, to make them safer.

Distracted driving is unlawful, and so is the use of cellphones while driving in many cases. If you or your loved one has been injured by someone who was distracted by a smartphone or texting while driving, you may be able to file a lawsuit to seek financial restitution and justice in Tennessee civil court.

Source: Breitbart, "Study: More Than Half of Car Crashes Involve Drivers Distracted by Cell Phones," Nate Church, May 04, 2017

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