Social Media Use While Driving On the Rise
Distracted driving is nothing new. Whether it was an unruly passenger in the car with you, children in the backseat fighting or taking your hands off of the wheel for a sip of water, distracted driving has been in existence as long as driving has. But these days the distractions are flashier and more demanding of the driver’s attention than ever and they all fit snugly in the pocket. While smartphones may help society be more productive and more connected, it also opens up drivers to all new types of distractions that didn’t exist in driving years past.
Addicted To Your Phone Screen
A survey released by AT&T reveals exactly how distracting smartphones can be and how drivers regularly risk the lives of other drivers on the road just to check their phone. Drivers on the road are no longer content only talking and texting while driving. The next generation of smartphone distraction includes almost everything that a person can do on a smartphone. What exactly are people doing on their smartphone while driving?
- 4 in 10 smartphone users browse social media
- 3 in 10 smartphone users surf the web
- 33 percent of drivers use email
- 17 percent take photos of themselves
- 10 percent video chat
Even more concerning than the statistics on phone use while driving are the facts behind the use. Sixty-two percent of drivers keep their smartphones within easy reach while driving, increasing the temptation to check the phone. Twenty-two percent of drivers who access social networks while driving cited addiction as a reason.
Put Your Phone Down While Driving
It is never a good idea to use your phone while driving, whether it be taking a phone call or browsing social media. In the nation, 10 percent of all fatal accidents and 17 percent of all injuries in auto accidents involved distracted driving according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Three quarters of all Mississippi drivers have reported talking on the phone while driving, while another third admitted that they have read, written or sent a text message while driving. Drivers who use their phones while driving are four times more likely to get into a serious crash than those driving while not distracted.
This is all despite the fact that using your cell phone while driving is illegal in Mississippi as it is now in most of the United States, and being distracted while driving or using social media during or after an auto accident can negatively impact your legal rights.
Contact Us For Help In An Auto Accident
If you were injured by a negligent driver, which may include a distracted one, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and property damage. Please reach out to the Law Offices of Judy Guice in Biloxi, Mississippi. Contact us at (228) 374-9787 or visit us online.