Smartphones are highly distracting. They’re designed to be that way on purpose. Ever wonder why you tend to start getting push notifications if you don’t go on the phone for a while? App designers want your attention because that’s how they make money.
This has become a serious problem, especially on the roads. Will we ever move beyond it, or is the new accident toll here to stay?
A lot will depend on what drivers are willing to do
To start with, please note that holding and using a phone while driving is illegal in California and many other states. This is how the government is trying to address the problem. However, as we know from drunk driving, simply making something illegal will not stop people from doing it. Distraction still causes accidents all the time, even though drivers know they’re breaking the law.
When you consider ways to reduce distraction, then, a lot of it comes back to personal choice. Drivers need to be willing to delete certain apps, turn the phone off in the car, enable the systems that disable push notifications while driving, and things of this nature. Most phones have this ability now. You can set it up to detect if you’re driving and silence the phone. But it’s up to you to do it, so there are many people who just turn the feature off.
If people are unwilling to change or so addicted to their phones that they can’t change, accidents will keep happening. Those who get seriously injured in these crashes need to know how to seek compensation for medical bills and other costs.