Study Shows Drivers Use Phones On More Than 1/3 of Trips
Yet another study was released with some pretty gloomy data on distracted
driving. Everqoute, makers of a safe driving app called EverDrive, analyzed
data from the app and released it on an online study available here:
The authors concluded that 37% of trips included at least some significant
phone usage while the car is moving. The average trip time for drivers
who used their phones was 29 minutes. On average, they used their phones
for 11% of their trip, or more than 3 minutes. They also concluded that
features like Apple's "Do Not Disturb While Driving" can
reduce phone use by as much as 8%.
Nearly every study I’ve seen has reached similar conclusions. This
is yet another concluding study that shows us distracted driving is a
problem of epidemic proportions.
One part of the study stood out to me, however. The authors discussed how
the distracted driving epidemic is effecting our insurance premiums. They
concluded that premiums are rising – among other things –
because of the increased accidents and claims caused by distracted driving.
The authors included a quote from the assistant vice president of a car
insurance trade group that attributed driver’s using their smart
phones to increased accident claims.
The distracted driving epidemic not only endangers us and our loved ones,
it is also costing us money. The effects of distracted driving are inescapable
no matter how safe we are. It won’t be until all drivers collectively
decide that using your phone while driving is unacceptable that we can
truly reduce the harm from this epidemic.
If you’ve been the victim of distracted driving, call Meyerkord,
Russell & Hergott for a free consultation at 816.867.8611.