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Could an app on the phone help reduce distracted driving?

As Florida readers know, distracted driving is one of the most critical issues threatening the health and safety of motorists. Distraction is now one of the leading causes of accidents, and authorities have tried many things to make drivers more aware and reduce accidents. Despite safety awareness campaigns and other measures, it remains a problem.

One professor from MIT noted that distracted drivers are rarely able to quit using their phones while driving "cold turkey." He and another professor considered the problem and developed an app that could help motivate drivers to make better decisions. The experiment with this app has been largely successful, and it could point to meaningful ways to combat distracted driving.

Is the phone the cure for distracted driving?

It may seem counterintuitive to use the phone to combat distracted driving when cellphones are the main source of distraction. The professor developed his app to play off the sense of craving that many people have for their phones. Consider the following about the app and how it can help encourage drivers to stop engaging in dangerous behaviors:

  • This app motivates drivers to make safe and responsible choices by providing incentives for safe driving.
  • It is already proving to be effective. Within two weeks, users have reduced distracted driving by 35 percent, as well as other dangerous actions.
  • The developers believe that the key to fighting distracted driving lies in education, self-motivation and an understanding of the benefits of safe driving.

While this app is not in use yet across the country, it could indicate a step forward in the fight against distracted driving. The appropriate use and implementation of technology could be the key to combatting an issue that many are now recognizing as a public safety concern.

As you know, distraction significantly increases the chance of an accident and causes drivers to do things such as swerve, drive at erratic speeds and move without looking at the road.

In the meantime

Distracted driving is not a problem that will go away overnight. Victims of distraction-related accidents cannot afford to wait for drivers to start using apps or making safer choices in the future. If you suffered because of this dangerous and negligent behavior, you have options.

Through a civil claim, you may be able to recover your financial losses and pursue appropriate damages. It is possible to hold drivers accountable, and you can discuss this option with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about your rights.

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