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Cell phone addiction is increasing the risk of auto accidents

Could you go a day without your cell phone? Maybe you could go a day without it, but as soon as your 24 hours were up, you may feel as though you need to make up for that lost time. You may have been anxious that you would miss something important.

The fact of the matter is that some people may not be able to go an hour without their cell phones. This addiction prevents them from putting their phones down even when they drive. Some would say this is the ultimate form of distracted driving, since it requires all of your senses in order to use it. That kind of inattention from driving leads to serious or fatal crashes that change people's lives forever.

The research

A driving-behavior analytics company called Zendrive recently released a report indicating that, just this year, the number of people using their cell phones while driving increased 10% from 2018. Nearly 85% admit that distracted driving is a problem, but around 47% of them admitted to using their cell phones at least 10% of their time behind the wheel.

The National Safety Council reports that, every day, 100 people suffer injuries and nine lose their lives to distracted driving crashes. For every 100 miles traveled, a driver picks up his or her phone an average of around 49 times. Most cell phone addicts range in age from 25 to 44 and make up approximately two-thirds of cell phone addicts. Sadly, states with laws against using cell phones while driving do not appear to decrease the numbers.

The aftermath

Even drivers who follow the rules can't always avoid distracted driving, but not because they are on their cell phones. Instead, you could encounter a driver with a cell phone addiction. Failing to control the urge to look at and/or use the device could cost vital seconds, during which a collision could occur. If you were the unfortunate victim in the way, you could suffer serious injuries.

If that happens, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your financial losses associated with the accident. Like other Pasadena residents, you will more than likely accumulate medical expenses, lose at least some income and more. Discussing your situation with an experienced attorney could help determine your next steps.

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