**If you’re reading this article while driving, stop reading or driving – your choice**
Distracted driving is dangerous and can lead to an accident. Everyone knows this now. But one factor that appears to have gone unnoticed by the public at large is that distracted driving not only results in more automobile accidents, but often causes accidents which are more severe. The reasons why are becoming clear to insurance carriers who write automobile liability policies.
In a January 2017 “earnings call,” Travelers Insurance observed that it was detecting a higher percentage of car crashes at higher speeds. Simple physics shows that higher speeds bring higher forces, and increase the risks involved. Research has shown that sending or reading a text takes your eyes off of the road an average of 5 seconds. If correct, at 55 mph, you will travel 403 feet while not looking at the road. Often times, a driver, even if they cannot avoid an accident, can do something to minimize the consequences, such as braking or taking a better angle to protect the driver or the passengers.
The fact that an insurance company is able to detect an increase in the severity of accidents, in an age where cars are safer than ever before, is something we should all consider.
Brian Butler is a partner with Keogh Cox. With over 30 years of experience, Brian has handled all types of defense matters. In recent years, his practice has been focused on cases involving complex cases with serious injuries and damages, which has led to extensive work with experts in complex cases, fire cases, and cases involving extensive forensic investigation. In his free time, Brian enjoys traveling with his wife.