Addiction, in a general sense, is often responsible for car accidents. A drunk driver may be addicted to alcohol, and that’s why they’re intoxicated behind the wheel even though they know it’s dangerous. The same is true for someone who is addicted to prescription drugs or illegal drugs. People who struggle with addiction often cannot overcome it on their own.
When it comes to distracted driving, though, we often view it as a choice. Drivers are encouraged to put their phones away in the car, and using the phone while driving has been made illegal in some areas. The idea is that drivers don’t know how dangerous it is to text and drive, for instance, and so they make the decision to do so.
But what if smartphone addiction is the true reason for these accidents? It’s a real phenomenon. People get addicted to their phones and many apps and programs are designed to be addictive in an effort to encourage higher usage rates. Some experts have called this usage compulsive and compared it to impulse buying, shopping addiction, gambling addiction and things of this nature.
When you look at it this way, it certainly explains the high number of distracted driving accidents. People aren’t making a choice to get distracted. They simply can’t help it. This also shows why these accidents keep happening, even as more and more data comes out to support the fact that no one should ever use the phone in the car.
Have you been hit by a distracted driver? You may have a right to financial compensation for your medical bills and other losses. Don’t let an insurance company deny you a fair settlement without speaking to an attorney.