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Is work fueling distracted driving?

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2021 | Personal Injury |

Finding a balance between work and personal life can be a challenge even in the best of times. When the lines between work and home are blurred, people in Missouri might find themselves engaging in unhealthy or even dangerous work behaviors. The recent work from home trend has even led to a new distracted driving behavior.

Zooming and driving

Video conferencing is a common obligation for people who are working from home, with Zoom being one of the more well-known programs. Workers face a lot of pressure to be on Zoom calls regardless of whatever else may be going on. This means that a worker who has a time conflict with a Zoom call for work may choose to simply hop on the video conference while also driving. A 2020 survey from the National Safety Council even found that nearly half of people over the age of 25 say that work pressure caused them to drive distracted.

Cell phone use is the most common type of distracted driving behavior, and it is clear that work is a large contributing factor to that. Part of the problem might be that some drivers simply do not realize just how dangerous the practice of something like texting and driving is. If a driver is traveling at 55 mph and takes his or her eyes off the road to read a text for five seconds, the vehicle will have traveled the equivalent of a football field. Traveling this far without actually looking at the road can lead to:

  • Serious car accidents
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Death

Every driver in Missouri should be able to feel safe when travelling in a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, there are many distracted, negligent and dangerous drivers out there who make this impossible. For those who have suffered serious injuries because of distracted driving, it may be worthwhile to consider the possible benefits — including compensation for medical bills — of pursuing a personal injury lawsuit.