Warm temperatures and low gas prices have led to a larger-than-normal number of people on the road this year, which in turn has increased the number of auto accidents in the first half of 2015. Part of this increase is pure mathematics: more people on the roads means a greater chance of collisions. At least one billionaire business magnate, however, sees another factor at play.
Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns the car insurance company Geico, which has been struggling as the rise in accidents also causes a rise in payouts and insurance premiums. Buffett has pointed out that accident-prevention features on cars should be leading to a decrease in the number of accidents. Instead, the opposite has happened.
“If cars are better–and they clearly are,” Mr. Buffett wrote in an e-mail, “drivers must be worse.”
There is something to Mr. Buffett’s claims. According to the National Safety Council, cell phones are a factor in 25% of all car accidents. Drivers being distracted while driving, whether from texting, talking, or even watching videos, are increasingly responsible for auto accidents.
If you or a loved one was in an automobile accident with a driver who was distracted by a cell phone or other electronic device, you should contact the car accident lawyers at Long & Long today by completing our contact form below or by calling (251) 432-2277. We serve clients in Mobile, Alabama and the surrounding areas.