Netradyne, the artificial intelligence firm, commissioned a distracted driving study that was conducted by Harris Interactive. Drivers in New York may or may not be surprised at the results, but either way, they will want to think more deeply about the various ways they can be inattentive at the wheel.
Most drivers consider themselves safe
The analysis involved a survey of 1,248 drivers aged 18 and above who drive a car at least once a week. Of these, 91% called themselves safe drivers, and more than half thought of commercial truck drivers as being unsafe. Less than half admitted that they could improve in terms of driver safety.
The most common distractions
Despite their own thoughts on the matter, drivers put themselves and others in danger when distracted. One in seven respondents said they were in a distracted driving accident where they suffered injuries or the loss of their vehicle. Twenty percent were fined or received points on their license because of distracting activities. The most commonly cited activity was drinking liquids while the most severe was using social media.
Safety technology can help prevent crashes
By installing the right crash avoidance technology and learning the best defensive driving techniques, drivers can easily prevent most crashes. AI, in which 29% of survey respondents showed interest, has the potential to help in this regard as well.
For those injured by a distracted driver
Most car accidents involve negligence, and distracted driving is just one form of it. In any case, you were injured by a distracted driver, and personal injury protection will not cover all your losses. A lawyer may be able to determine if you can file a third-party claim and, if you can, may help you gather evidence and negotiate for a settlement out of court, litigating as a last resort.