Distracted driving is an important issue in motor vehicle safety and personal injury litigation. Because of the prevalence of cellphone use and the failure of many drivers to exercise reasonable caution while driving, the rate of injury and death due to distracted driving accidents is much higher than they should be.
The problem, as commentators have noted, is not one that can effectively be addressed only at one level, and will require multiple avenues of response to tackle. In some ways, the issue of distracted driving could be likened to that of drunk driving. Not only are the impairment effects of distracted driving comparable to drunk-driving, but preventing its occurrence may be just as difficult.