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Increase of 34% of the claims related to distracted driving in Québec



May 24, 2018 09:45

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A study on driving distractions ofAviva Canada shows that the average of claims being related has jumped from 34 % in Quebec between 2016 and 2018. It is, however, in Alberta, where the average has increased the most, with an increase of 58 % for the same period. The average country has experienced a growth of 23 %.

“Despite the increase in fines and to raise awareness of this issue, too many Canadians are still distracted behind the wheel. The majority of these accidents could have been avoided, such as striking a stationary object, a rear-end collision and changing lanes so distracted, ” says Phil Gibson, head of underwriting at Aviva Canada.

Cell phone use while driving

Almost all (95 %) of the respondents indicated that drivers who send text messages behind the wheel are felt in danger, according to data from a public survey conducted last fall by Aviva.

While it is prohibited to manipulate his cell phone use while driving, 88 % of those surveyed said they had seen a driver texting while driving. Nearly four in five Canadians (78 %) want to see a technology that would limit the distractions by turning off the text messaging and other functions when the driver is behind the wheel.

Aviva states that accidents related to distracted driving are difficult to prove without the drivers admitted that it is the cause of the accident. The published data are based on estimates of the causes of complaints most frequently related to distractions made by the insurer. Claims for theft, vandalism, breakage of glass, left turns, collisions when reversing, falling objects, collisions with animals, fire, wind, and hail have not been considered for the study.

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