Cellphones causing more mobile workers to crash

Mobile employees in Arizona and around the country could be causing a spike in car accidents, according to a report by Motus. The Boston-based company provides vehicle management and reimbursement platforms to commercial fleets and other businesses.

For the "2018 Distracted Driving Report", Motus researchers analyzed company data,on the mobile workforce. They found that smartphone ownership among the U.S. mobile workforce jumped from 55 percent in 2013 to 77 percent in 2017. Meanwhile, the number of car crashes on American roads spiked from 5.7 million to 6.4 million over the same period of time, representing an increase of more than 12 percent.

Researchers also found that mobile employees drive 49 percent more than any other type of American worker. They further estimated that mobile workers drive around 1,200 miles while distracted every year. A Motus research analyst said that drivers can be distracted by numerous activities, including eating, adjusting music controls and interacting with navigation devices, but the report found a "clear correlation" between increased smartphone ownership by mobile workers and an increase in the number of U.S. car crashes.

Each year, distracted driving is linked to thousands of serious motor vehicle accidents across the U.S. People who are injured in distracted driving car crashes might find relief by contacting an attorney for help. The attorney could review a victim's case and help prepare a personal injury claim seeking compensation for damages. Typical damages sought in a personal injury lawsuit often include current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and property damage.

Source: Business Wire, "Car Accidents Increase 12.3 Percent with the Rise of the Always-Connected Mobile Workforce, Finds New Motus Distracted Driving Report", Sept. 20, 2018

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