Smartphones continue to distract American drivers at an alarming rate.
They are also responsible for rising auto insurance premiums across the country.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal details how auto insurance executives are having a hard time staying ahead of the trends. Some companies are seeing claims payouts exceed incoming premium payments.
In other words, some auto insurance companies are suffering lower profits as a result of distracted drivers using their smartphones. The answer: rising premiums.
Allstate Insurance President Matthew Winter reported to shareholders last month that premiums have increased on average 11% since 2014.
State Farm CEO Michael LaRocco admits that smartphone use is an epidemic. During a survey, 88% of State Farm insured drivers confirmed that they own a smartphone in 2015. That number was 52% in 2011.
As I reported recently, U.S. traffic deaths increased to over 40,000 in 2016. That’s a 6% increase from 2015.
We all agree the numbers are going in the wrong direction.
As a Los Angeles accident attorney, a high number of my Los Angeles auto accident cases result from distracted drivers using their smartphones.
We all know that using a smartphone is incredibly distracting. The problem is that too many people just won’t kick this addictive habit.
Until more people kick this habit, more people will get hurt.
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