Distracted driving continues to be a problem across our country. A seemingly countless number of drivers take their eyes and minds off the road in order to engage in conversation with others, change the radio, eat and even groom themselves. The biggest culprit of distracted driving, though, is cell phone usage. Whether texting and driving, checking email while behind the wheel, or surfing the Internet while operating a vehicle, cell phone usage can prove extremely dangerous. A recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows just how dangerous of a problem this can be.

That study found that although overall cell phone usage amongst drivers is down, the way in which those devices are used is becoming riskier. According to the study, drivers have been found to be manipulating their phones, which includes any cell phone use other than talking on the phone, 57 percent more frequently than just four years ago. This is a stunning statistic considering this type of device usage can increase the risk of a car accident by 66 percent.

Sadly, 25 percent of all drivers are distracted while behind the wheel, which puts other motorists in harm’s way. Sadly, far too many individuals are killed in fatal crashes caused by these distracted drivers. In fact, approximately 800 people were killed in wrecks involving an individual who was using a cell phone for something other than a phone call.

These wrecks are unacceptable because they are completely avoidable. Those who suffer damages, whether in the form of medical expenses, lost wages and/or pain and suffering, should consider the best way forward to find accountability, recover compensation and start a new chapter in life. Legal professionals who are skilled in personal injury law may be able to help these victims build the strong case they need to reach a favorable resolution.