NEW YORK – In the mid-20th century, Americans made statements with their cars. The newest, flashiest automobiles were a status symbol to be admired. Today, more and more Americans are trading in the wheels for a different lifestyle statement: the smartphone.
Take a ride on any New York metro-area train and you’ll find cell phones in almost everyone’s hand. More people are texting, browsing the web, listening to music, and standing in awe when they see someone with the newest piece of handheld technology in the train with them.
Yes, America is trading-in the car for the cell phone.
New York car accident attorneys say American values are shifting and consumers value time with technology.
“In the last five years, there have been a clear spike in the number of texting while driving crashing in New York,” car accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “Some people just don’t want to let go of the phone and in some cases, they’re willing to give up their car for it.”
A new study from DePaul University found more than half of all train commuters were using their cell phones or tablet devices during their daily commutes.
“Evidence is mounting that the growing prevalence and sophistication of portable electronic devices is boosting public transportation ridership,” researchers concluded.
The increase in ridership is also forcing the hand of rail companies, pushing them to introduce Wi-Fi subscriptions on its trains.
New York car accident attorneys say increased ridership could make the roads safer because it takes more potential texters off the road. New York and other places, however, still face the problem of tackling texting drivers. Distracted driving remains the top cause of car crashes in America.