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Drivers Using Their Phones Behind the Wheel More than Ever, Data Shows

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It’s no surprise that drivers who spend long stretches of their drive staring down at their phones to text while driving pose a serious safety threat to those around them. Many states, including New Jersey, have banned any handheld cell phone use by drivers and impose strict penalties on drivers who violate these laws. Despite the risk of injury and fine, the number of drivers using their phones behind the wheel, and the amount of time they spend on their phones, has only grown. Read on to learn more about data on US driver phone use, and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney if you’ve been in an injury accident with a distracted driver.

Millions of drivers using their phone behind the wheel

Zendrive is a Silicon Valley startup whose software tracks driver cell phone use while a car is in motion. The software is used in apps made by insurance carriers and ride-sharing apps. Zendrive recently published the data gathered anonymously by its app from roughly 4.5 million drivers during the period of December 2017 to February 2018.

According to Zendrive, roughly 60% of all drivers tracked used their phones at least once while they were behind the wheel. Assuming the population of drivers studied is representative of the US population as a whole, this means that around 69 million drivers are on their phone while driving at least occasionally. Jonathan Matus, Zendrive’s CEO, noted that “as you have more young drivers on the road, and as people increasingly become addicted to their smartphones, it will continue being a major health issue—almost an epidemic—in this country.”

Average time spent on phone behind the wheel on the rise

Not only are millions of drivers on their phones while driving, but those who do use their phones are on them for longer than before. The average driver using their phone behind the wheel spends 3 minutes and 40 seconds using their phone while driving. This is a 5% increase over the length of phone use measured in last year’s study. Even in states where texting and driving has been made illegal, drivers are spending more time on their phone than before. For example, in neighboring New York, drivers spent an average of nearly 6% of each drive on their phone, which is a 16.8% increase over the amount of phone use measured 12 months ago. Distracted drivers who cause serious New Jersey accidents when they violate the law by using their phones behind the wheel can face personal liability for their careless and dangerous use of a phone behind the wheel. A New Jersey car accident attorney can help you find out whether you’re owed money after an accident with a distracted driver.

For a no-cost consultation after a New Jersey car accident, contact the dedicated, experienced, and professional personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation at 973-532-9681.

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