If you feel like you are addicted to your phone, especially when you are driving, you are certainly not alone. According to the wireless provider AT&T, as many as one in 10 drivers video chats while on their drive home. Also, more than 60 percent of drivers admitted to texting and driving and nearly 20 percent say they regularly take steering wheel selfies.
So is it a case of not wanting to put their phones down while driving, or physiologically not being able to? This is the principal question behind cell phone addiction. Regardless of how you see the answer, there are apps available to help drivers kick their habits.
One app, Mojo, has garnered a huge following. With an estimated 27,000 users in the U.S., Mojo combines financial rewards, motivational phrases and good old fashioned gamesmanship to help drivers recognize when they are exhibiting unsafe behavior behind the wheel and reward them when they change such behavior. The proof of whether the app is effective is fleeting, but its creator, TrueMotion reports that its users use their phones 20 percent less after using the app.
While this may be encouraging, it also exemplifies the duty that drivers have while behind the wheel to use reasonable care. Basically, drivers have a legal duty to limit distractions, and if they fail to do so, they could be held liable for the injuries and property damage caused in an accident.
If you have questions about your rights and options after a crash with a distracted driver, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.