Last month was designated distracted driving month. While these efforts helped spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving, the reality is that distracted driving is a growing concern that causes many serious and fatal accidents each year in New York and elsewhere.

According to the National Safety Council, there are around nine deaths and 100 people injured every day in the U.S. because of distracted drivers. In many of these cases, the distractions involved were caused by using a cell phone, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands and other technology within a vehicle. These and other activities cause the driver to not focus on the road.

Based on these numbers, distracted driving is considered to be a larger issue than drunk driving. This is especially true for motorists who are in the commercial market, as they are more likely to be driving job to job, have a lot on their plate and constantly have emails and texts coming in. This often causes drivers to reach for their phones while driving.

Distractions can come in many forms and they occur when a driver’s eyes are not on the road, hands are not on the wheel or their mind is not on the task at hand. Following a car accident, it is important to understand the cause. If a distracted driver is to blame, this could give rise to legal recourses. A personal injury action could help the victim of the crash recover compensation for the losses suffered in the crash. This could help victims address medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation and other related damages.