There is certainly an argument to be made that cellphones have made people worse drivers than they used to be. Some of it just comes back to activities that you can observe on the road. How many times have you had to honk at someone who neglected to drive at a green light because they were on the phone? How often have you been involved in a near-miss with a driver who appeared intoxicated, drifting around the road, only to see that they were on their phone?
But it’s not just about personal encounters. The statistics back it up. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of traffic fatalities began to climb again. This was after years of decline. The reversal continued in 2016 and remained fairly even in 2017. It has since fallen slightly but is still well above the numbers seen in 2011 or 2013.
Now, it’s not as if cellphones were invented in 2011, of course, but some have said that the real rise of smartphones is what changed. This is when almost everyone started carrying one. While older phones were still distracting, they were not nearly as distracting — or addictive — as the modern smartphone. That could be why car accidents are growing more common, even though safety features on cars are actually getting better.
Have you been hit by a distracted driver? If you got injured, whether you were a pedestrian, a cyclist or another driver, you may be facing some high medical bills. It is very important to know what rights you have to compensation.