Pennsylvania drivers use mobile phones on approximately 37 percent of their trips behind the wheel. This rate puts them around the national median, according to figures from Everdrive, a mobile app that tracks the safety practices of drivers. Everdrive used data from 300,000 of its users across the country to compile the report. The states with the most widespread phone usage while driving were mostly in the southern part of the country; Mississippi topped the list, followed by Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
Mobile phone usage is such a significant concern because it is one of the most common causes of distracted driving. When drivers take their eyes and attention from the roadways, they are more likely to cause car accidents. In 2015 alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people lost their lives and 391,000 more were injured in crashes caused by distracted driving. Mobile phone usage and associated texting are not the only contributors to distracted driving; even adjusting the car's radio or entertainment system or eating while behind the wheel can be dangerously distracting.
Distracted driving isn't the only danger on the road, and Pennsylvania derivers may have more to worry about from other risks. The study also found that drivers across the northeastern U.S. were more likely to be unsafe on the road, especially when speeding, hard braking and other dangerous driving techniques were measured.
People who have been injured due to another driver's dangerous or distracted driving can suffer long-term consequences as a result. A personal injury lawyer can help an injured accident victim seek compensation for the harms that they have endured.