Report: Car Accidents Increasing in Parallel with Smartphone OwnershipS. Himmelstein | September 24, 2018
It might come as no surprise that the increase in smartphone ownership in the growing U.S. mobile workforce has coincided with a parallel increase in accident rates. Research conducted by Motus, a vehicle management and reimbursement platform, shows that as smartphone ownership jumped from 55% in 2013 to 77% in 2017, the number of accidents escalated from 5.7 million to 6.4 million — an increase of 12.3%.
According to the 2018 Distracted Driving Report, mobile workers take 49% more trips behind the wheel than any other type of employee. When employees are involved in crashes, employers pay a high price in terms of medical costs, property damage, lost work days, crash-related legal expenses and lost productivity. Phone distraction is estimated to cost employers about $1,680 per grey fleet mobile worker.
While phone use during morning and evening commutes is common, phone use while driving is at its highest from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., when the mobile workforce is on the move. Americans drove a total of 107 billion phone-distracted miles in 2017, indicating that phone-related distraction is a growing problem beyond the mobile workforce.