Shopping online might seem like a convenient way to save money, but you don’t save money when you get in a car accident. The bills can be astronomical if you’re at fault in an accident. If a driver is looking at their phone to get the latest holiday sale, it’s a danger for everybody on the road, in the parking lot or even on the sidewalk nearby.
The chaotic atmosphere of Black Friday door buster sales is well documented, and limited time sales online are the same concept. Shoppers need to rush to complete their purchase, regardless of what might slow them down.
Another all-too-familiar problem is that of the distracted driver who stares at their phone instead of the road. Combining holiday sales with phone use is a recipe for trouble.
The pull of temptation
A recent study found that, among people who shop online with a mobile device, one-third admit to doing so while driving. That number itself is disturbing, and remember that only captures the percentage who admit to such behavior. Many more people are likely to have done so but not wanted to confess their actions.
With Black Friday nearly here and Cyber Monday just around the corner, digital shoppers will be glued to their apps to find the latest deals. Technology is always tempting – even if a driver puts the phone down, a new notification can pull attention away from where it should be: on the road.
Responsibilities of the road
The holiday season means more traffic for many reasons. The sales themselves bring out a devoted crowd, but holiday travel adds to the danger. With more shoppers and more travelers, the roads are busier than ever. Holidays are a time for celebration. A car accident quickly turns a joyous period into a somber moment.
Distracted driving is a serious problem in our society and it leads to pointless injuries and death. A driver who is more preoccupied with their mobile device than their responsibility behind the wheel is liable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it’s important that you consult with an attorney to fully review your case and to ensure that you get the assistance you need.