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Report finds link between accidents and always-connected workers

It may be more efficient for diligent workers in Georgia to stay connected with the main office or clients while on the road, but results from the 2018 Distracted Driving Report suggest that doing so may contribute to more accidents. Results from the report show a striking correlation between an increase in smartphone usage and the growing mobile workforce, referring to people who either stay connected outside of the office or do most of their work while on the road.

From 2013 to 2017, smartphone ownership spiked 55 percent. During that same period, the number of car accidents increased by almost 13 percent. Related data from a mobile app company shows that mobile workers take than nearly 50 percent more road trips than other types of employees. Based on these stats, it’s estimated that the typical mobile worker racks up more than a thousand distracted driving miles each year.

Results from this report are significant because they show a clear link between smartphone ownership and vehicle collisions involving mobile workers. Employers are also affected when workers are in accidents because they often have to cover a significant part of related medical expenses. Additionally, vehicle accidents contributed to more than 1.5 million total lost work days in 2017 according to the report. While it’s common for people to use their devices on the way to work or when coming home in the evening, the mobile workforce is most active on their smartphones from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.

With car accidents involving driver distractions, a lawyer may look at cellphone records to determine if devices were being used at the time of the incident. A personal injury attorney may also be able to take legal actions against drivers who might have been distracted while eating or adjusting vehicle controls if there is evidence suggesting such actions may have been contributing factors. The driving records of involved parties are sometimes considered as well when attempting to establish a pattern of negligent or reckless behavior.