Illinois motorists can take a small amount of pride in falling just below the national median for phone use while driving. According to statistics released by safety app Everdrive, Mississippi drivers are the most likely to use their phones while behind the wheel.
Everdrive is a driving safety app that monitors the behavior of users while they are operating motor vehicles. The maker of the app found that drivers in Mississippi used their phones during 47 percent of road trips. Drivers in Louisiana came in second, using their phones during 45 percent of road trips, and Alabama drivers came in third, using their phones during 44 percent of road trips. Meanwhile, the app showed that Illinois drivers used their phones during 37 percent of road trips, which is just below the national median of 37.5 percent.
According to Everdrive, drivers from Vermont, Oregon, Hawaii and Washington are the least likely to use their phones while behind the wheel. This could be because those states have all banned the use of handheld devices while driving. In 2015, 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries were caused by distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Distracted driving car accidents can be caused by various activities, including using a phone, adjusting the stereo or eating. Victims of distracted driving crashes may benefit from obtaining legal representation. An attorney could order police reports, witness testimony and medical evidence to prove the at-fault driver was responsible for a crash. This could lead to a settlement that covers medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other related losses.