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Esurance studies prevalence of distracted driving

Drivers in New Mexico are probably aware that distracted driving is a common hazard on the road, and it may not be just from other drivers. A new study from Esurance, the insurance company, shows that distracted driving is more prevalent than some think. Even those who claimed that they rarely drove distracted were found in the study to engage in distracting behavior.

Making roads safer

When compared to other developed countries, the U.S. does not rank favorably with regard to road safety. In 2016, 37,461 people died in car accidents, an increase in the number of road-related deaths in the U.S. over the preceding year by 5.6 percent. This increase has been felt in 39 states across the United States, including New Mexico, a state that also has the nation's highest rate of pedestrian deaths.

Most drivers use cellphones while behind the wheel

Motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers have become worryingly commonplace in New Mexico and around the country. While many issues are to blame, some road safety advocates are pointing fingers at smartphones and sophisticated navigation systems. Vehicles traveling at highway speeds cover a distance as long as a football field in just 5 seconds, and a recent Consumer Reports survey suggests that an alarming number of drivers routinely take their eyes off the roads for far longer.

Car insurers may begin using smartphone data

New Mexico drivers who use their smartphones while behind the wheel may end up paying more in insurance than those who do not, but the technology must still be approved by state regulatory agencies. Motorists will also have to allow insurance companies permission to use the data.

Speed can be deadly on the road

New Mexico motorists are facing a greater risk on the roadways, as traffic fatalities have grown significantly over the last few years. A number of contributing factors have been ascribed to this, including the greater number of drivers as well as the popularity of smartphones increasing distractions among both drivers and pedestrians. On the other hand, a National Transportation Safety Board posits that speeding is the primary factor in the upswing in fatalities.

Car accidents should be reported promptly to insurers

Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life in New Mexico and across the nation. Responsible motorists may still end up in a car crash caused by a drunk, distracted or reckless driver. In addition to possible injury, an auto accident often causes great inconvenience and financial burdens. To avoid adding insurance payoff problems to the litany of issues that can be caused by a negligent driver, it's important to report a car accident as promptly as possible.

The role of personal responsibility in preventing car accidents

There is an increased awareness in New Mexico about the dangers of driving while impaired. Many residents of the state have had personal experience with or have seen friends or family members suffer the loss of a loved one as a result of an accident connected to alcohol. While many people understand that driving impaired is unacceptable, statistics show that some still choose to engage in this dangerous behavior.

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