According to one survey of high school age drivers, 70 percent of them admitted to use phone apps while behind the wheel of their vehicle. Respondents to the survey conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions said that sending a text message was among the top dangers on the road, a view that is shared by most Michigan motorists. However, only 6 percent said that that using social media is the most distracting behavior while driving.
Despite understanding the risks, texting while driving has become such as common problem on American roadways that most jurisdictions routinely warn drivers of its dangers. However, people use their phones for more than just texting these days. It is now common for drivers to use their phones to check social media or even play games such as Pokemon Go. It is believed that one woman was playing the game when she crashed her truck into a pole, while another gamer crashed his vehicle into a parked police car.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately eight deaths and 1,000 injuries each day are attributed to distracted driving. Common distractions include using a cellphone for talking or texting as well as eating while behind the wheel. It is believed that a quarter of all accidents are at least partially caused by drivers using their cellphones while behind the wheel.
Those who are injured in accidents that are caused by distracted drivers may want to meet with an attorney to see how best to seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. An attorney can attempt to establish negligence on the part of a motorist through the use of cellphone records, eyewitness testimony and other evidence.