According to data from Drivemode, motorists in Illinois and throughout the country are most likely to text between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. During that hour, drivers sent an average of 6.87 messages. Of 6.5 million message analyzed, 22 percent were sent between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The data was collected from 177,000 users of Drivemode’s app over the course of a year.
While 49.8 percent of drivers sent traditional text messages, others used apps such as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp to communicate. Those driving in New York, Florida and Hawaii sent messages at a rate higher than the national average during the 5 p.m to 6 p.m. hour. The CEO of Drivemode pointed out that commuters tend to use the morning rush hour to listen to music or partake in other activities. However, during the afternoon rush hour, they are more likely to be communicating with their families or tying up loose ends at work.
An individual who uses a smartphone or other device while driving could be considered negligent. If that motorist were to cause a crash, he or she could be liable for any damages incurred by an injured driver, passenger or pedestrian. Injured victims may file personal injury lawsuits in an attempt to recoup lost wages, lost future earnings or medical bills related to car accidents.
An attorney may be able to review a case to determine if distracted driving played a role. A driver could be considered distracted whether they were using a phone, eating while the car was moving or simply lost in thought. An attorney could use evidence such as cell phone records or witness statements to establish that a driver wasn’t focused on the road when a crash occurred.