May 26th, 2021
Paulozzi Joseph

New research reveals automobile insurance penalized distracted drivers exponentially over the past decade. People ticketed for distracted driving in Ohio can typically expect a 32% increase in the price of their car insurance policies.

You are more than 20 times more likely to be involved in an accident if you are sending or receiving text messages. It does not stop at cell phone usage, drivers can be distracted for any number of reasons.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident caused by a distracted driver in Cleveland, the personal injury attorneys of Paulozzi LPA are focused on navigating you through what can seem like legal gridlock.

Defining Distraction

In a new study, Cleveland ranked 16 among 25 major U.S. cities for distracted drivers. More than 2,500 people in the 25 cities were surveyed to get a clear understanding of what tempts drivers to become distracted.

There are many ways to get distracted while driving—daydreaming or rubbernecking or simply dropping something, but the top five distracted driving behaviors in Cleveland include:

  • Texting
  • Reading
  • Eating or drinking
  • Changing clothes
  • Picking your nose

Also, more than 20% of the Clevelanders surveyed admitted they had engaged in sexual activity while driving at some point.

Over the last decade, distracted driving has become a dangerous business, rising to one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in the United States.

Paying For Distraction

Since 2011, the penalties insurance companies implement on car insurance have caused rates to spike from a few dollars on a monthly rate to hundreds of dollars per year.

Ohio has risen to seventh regarding insurance bumps with the typical policy rate increasing 32% because of distracted driving violations. This will impact your insurance for three years.

On average, texting and driving cost American drivers an additional $806 per year. A distracted driving infraction allows insurance companies to treat you as a high-risk driver because you are more likely to get into an accident and file a claim.

If you add up ticket fines and court costs, a quick distraction can cost you more than $1,000 in insurance costs. Not to mention, a quick glance at a phone could cause a deadly accident with long-term implications.

Do Not Get Distracted And Forget To Contact Us

If you or your loved ones’ lives have been impacted by a distracted driver, Cleveland’s Paulozzi LPA’s personal injury attorneys are waiting to speak with you, to listen to your concerns, to give advice, to alleviate the stress-bearing down on you.

We can help you understand your rights and guide you through the next steps. In cases like these, it is important for you to contact us as soon as possible to secure evidence, speak to witnesses and meet deadlines before the window for filing a claim closes. Contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.

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