Motorists in Texas and across the United States believe that distracted driving is a growing traffic safety problem, according to a new study conducted by Harris Interactive. The research was commissioned by Netradyne, an artificial intelligence firm based in San Diego.

The study

 

For the study, 1,248 American drivers completed an online survey between Feb. 25 and March 19. All the participants were over the age of 18, possessed a standard motor vehicle license and drove their car one or more times per week. The study found that around 50% of the respondents felt that driving is becoming more dangerous and 82% felt distracted driving was becoming more common. Over 90% of the respondents said they believed they were safe drivers. In comparison, less than 50% of respondents said they believed commercial truck drivers were safe on the road.

The study revealed that 20% of respondents had received a fine or points on their driver’s license at some point in their lives. Around 14% of respondents reported they had been injured or had their vehicle damaged in a distracted driving crash. The study also determined that browsing social media while behind the wheel was the most dangerous form of distracted driving. The CEO of Netradyne said that the company is trying to develop artificial intelligence technologies that will reduce distracted driving and make U.S. roads safer.

 

Seeeking legal assistance

Victims of distracted driving car accidents might need the assistance of a personal injury attorney. Legal counsel could evaluate the details of case and determine if legal action is required. For example, it might be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit against the distracted driver who caused the crash. If the the suit is successful, the victim may be awarded compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other losses.