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App helps drivers kick the distracted driving habit

With the proliferation of cell phones applications that help drivers navigate traffic zones, it is no surprise that more drivers use their phones for more than just their navigational tools while behind the wheel. After logging into a map application (for example) some drivers will take quick look at Facebook or ESPN.com while they’re driving (especially in bumper-to-bumper traffic).

With so much information essentially at our fingertips, it’s hard not to develop a very dangerous habit. For those drivers addicted to their phones, a new app, Mojo, can help them kick the habit. More than 27,000 drivers across the country use the app. It uses competition, financial incentives and gamesmanship to help drivers let go of their phones while driving. 

TrueMotion, the company that developed the app, reports that when drivers are actually reminded of their transgressions, they are more likely to correct bad habits. TrueMotion reports that its users cut distracted driving habits by 20 percent within three months of using the app.

The app exemplifies the duty that all drivers have while behind the wheel: to use reasonable care. When that duty is breached by giving in to distractions (i.e. cell phones) and an accident occurs as a result, the offending driver could be held liable for the injuries and property damage that ensues. 

For those injured, they may be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses as well as time lost from work. If you have been injured in an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you of your rights and options.

The preceding is not legal advice. 

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