Some people laugh about cellphone addiction. They wish they wouldn’t use their phone so much or they jokingly complain about being on their phones too often. In some cases, that person’s significant other may complain that they spend too much time on the phone and that it’s turning into an addiction.
But it’s important to take this seriously. There is a danger to phone addiction, in that it causes car accidents. Drivers know that they should never text and drive, for example, because it makes accidents much more likely. A driver who is not addicted to their phone should have no problem following these laws. But a driver who is addicted may break the law and put other motorists in danger simply because they feel that they can’t help themselves.
Is this addiction intentional?
One of the problems with phones is that it is beneficial to app developers and cellphone manufacturers to have people use their phones as much as possible. Many apps are free, but the developers make money by selling ads. The more time that someone spends using the app, the more money the developer makes. It is in their best financial interests to try to create this addiction to generate a higher revenue stream.
Of course, these app developers would say that people still should not use their phones in the car and that the addiction was never intended to increase danger on the roads. But the everyday reality is that many people are not able to set their addiction aside, even for a short commute to work, and that’s part of the reason we have so many distracted driving accidents every year.
If you’ve been hit by a distracted driver, you may have suffered significant injuries. Be sure you know how to seek compensation for your medical bills and other costs.