Texting while driving is no longer the only cell-phone-centered type of distracted driving you need to worry about. A survey released this week shows that social media use while behind the wheel is now common among four in ten smartphone users.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents in the U.S. and with the growing use of smartphones while driving, it looks like that statistic is here to stay.
With years of experience defending victims of distracted driving crashes, the auto accident lawyers at Peterson & Associates, P.C.™, are your local resource if you have been injured in a distracted driving accident.
The results from the survey were quite staggering. Texting and emailing remain the most prevalent cell phone activities of drivers, reporting 61 percent and 33 percent respectively who do so while driving. Other common activities of drivers ages 16 to 65 include:
- Texting (61%)
- Emailing (33%)
- Surfing the Internet (28%)
- Facebook (27%)
- Snapping a selfie or photo (17%)
- Twitter (14%)
- Instagram (14%)
- Shooting a video (12%)
- Snapchat (11%)
- Video Chat (10%)
The study also found that:
- 62 percent of drivers keep their smartphone within reach while driving
- 30 percent of people who post to Twitter while driving do so “all the time”
- 22 percent of those who access social media while behind the wheel cite addiction as the reason
- 27 percent of those who shoot video while driving think they do it safely
As if we needed more proof that cell phones are a terrible distraction while driving, the National Safety Council estimates that six percent of all crashes are a result of texting and driving. That is an increase from the estimated five percent last year.
Texting and driving, or social media and driving, is a problem that is here to stay. Our distracted driving attorneys are seasoned in the courtroom and understand the tactics that insurance companies use to deny you what you deserve. If you or someone you loved has been injured by a distracted driver contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.