Anyone who has been on the road lately has probably seen a driver using a cell phone, glancing up here and there to drive. Perhaps you've done this yourself. And perhaps you or a loved one has been injured or killed because another person was texting or otherwise distracted by a device while driving.
While we know that distracted driving is a big problem, it might even be a larger problem than we realize, because of the flaws in the way distracted driving accidents are recorded.
Data collection issues
According to the government web site distraction.gov, 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2015. But there are reasons that number may actually be low. The first is because of the inconsistencies in the way that officials collect the data. Each state collects data differently, and the same goes for each municipality. In addition, different states have different rules about who gets pulled over and for what.
At the same time, getting information about distracting activity has become more difficult to do. Whereas phone records used to provide information about who made phone calls to whom, and when, now people are texting, and often on social media platform where the data is encrypted and harder to get to. In other words, it's hard to prove a fact that you can't find.
Will technology save the day?
There are now features on phones that will stop notifications from coming in while you are driving, thus reducing the temptation to check your phone every time it dings while you're on the road. The trouble with that though is that you can disable that feature, so people who are committed to distracted driving can easily get around this safety feature.
What to do after a crash
If it's too late to prevent a crash - because it's already happened - it's important to speak with a lawyer who can protect your rights and help secure the maximum possible compensation to help you recover .