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Are smartphones to blame for the increase in fatal car accidents?

Smartphones provide many conveniences and benefits for modern society, but there are also a number of important reasons why these phones could place users at a higher risk for car accidents. Statistics indicate that fatal car accidents are on the rise, perhaps because of the use of smart phones. In fact, there was an 8.1 percent increase in fatal accidents across the country in the first half of 2015 alone. 

The drop in gas prices may also pay a role the overall number of traffic accidents. Cheaper gas encourages more young and inexperienced drivers to be on the roads for leisure, which could also play a role in the statistics. Laws in Texas and measures taken by vehicle manufacturers are intended to decrease the use of cellphones while driving, but it is unclear if they have actually helped.

Smartphones are a temptation for drivers of all ages. From checking email to using GPS, phones are a leading reason for distracted drivers. One of the most common types of distraction is texting. Experts acknowledge that while it will take more time to identify the exact reason, it is probable that smartphones have led to the increase in fatal accidents.

Those in Texas who are harmed due the negligence of motor vehicle operator have the right to seek compensation. This includes those injured in car accidents caused by a distracted driver, whether due to cellphone use or another reason. It can be complex to validate distracted driving injury claims, and it makes good sense to work with a lawyer experienced in these types of cases. 

Source: New York Post, "More US drivers may be dying because of smartphones", Nov. 25, 2015

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