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Travelers: risk for distracted driving goes up in summer

From January 2017 to May 2018, TrueMotion analyzed the behavior of more than 20,000 drivers over the course of 8.4 million trips via sensor data from its mobile app, TrueMotion Family. The smartphone telematics platform found that drivers become particularly distracted by their phones in the months of June, July and August. This may give pause to some drivers in Georgia.

Even more alarming, TrueMotion estimated a nearly 10 percent increase in distracted driving in those summer months. Summertime drivers were found to be distracted for 15 minutes of every hour they were behind the wheel. This is particularly bad because in summer, more people are on the road taking trips. NHTSA states that June, July and August see 29 percent more road deaths than December, January and February.

The Travelers Institute, therefore, urges all drivers to be more careful in avoiding distractions. On June 15, the institute hosted its Every Second Matters™ event to raise awareness of distracted driving. One of its hopes is to make distracted driving as unacceptable in the public's view as drunk driving or failure to wear a seatbelt.

The institute also issued a report that not only explored these recent trends but also provided safe driving tips. The Travelers Institute is the public policy division of Travelers Companies, Inc., a provider of property casualty insurance.

When innocent victims of car accidents wish to file a claim against the other party's insurance company, they may benefit from having their case evaluated by a lawyer. Once the lawyer determines that the case is valid, he or she might be able to strengthen it with the assistance of third-party experts like accident investigators. The lawyer might calculate a fair amount for the settlement, factoring in any contributory negligence, and proceed to negotiations. The victim may also discuss litigation with the lawyer if negotiations fail.

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