Illinois drivers may be intrigued by the results of a Travelers survey that questioned more than 2,000 consumers and executives on the subject of distracted driving. The results have been gathered into the 2019 Travelers Risk Index, which was recently released to the public.

The most-cited distracting activities were sending texts or emails (44 percent of respondents), using social media (23 percent) and taking pictures or recording videos (22 percent). Thirteen percent said that the habit of reading texts and emails would be hard to break while 11 percent expressed a similar opinion for sending texts and emails.

While smartphones have a Do Not Disturb setting, only 12 percent of consumers use it. Thirty-five percent admitted that they either forget to use it or find it too inconvenient. Only 18 percent of businesses encourage their workers to use it; this is despite the fact that two-thirds of businesses have an employee education program that addresses distracted driving.

The study shows that 87 percent of employers expect their workers to stay connected even outside the office. However, 74 percent of executives said they do not believe distracted driving is a significant danger. Fear of upsetting the boss leads 20 percent to answer work-related messages behind the wheel. Fifty-four percent of respondents said they would stop with a distracting activity if someone asked them to.

Someone who wants to file a personal injury claim against a distracted driver who caused them harm may want to hire a lawyer before anything else. Only those who are deemed to be less than 50 percent at fault can recover damages, which could cover losses like medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and a diminished capacity to earn a living. A victim may have their lawyer fight for their best interests at the negotiation table.