Texting and driving down, but app use is on the rise

Post on behalf of Thomas J. Ueberschaer PA on Friday August 19, 2016

Driving is a complex thing. The attempts to develop a self-driving car highlight the many issues that a driver must deal with while operating a vehicle. When is it safe to merge? What is the right speed to travel on this road in these conditions? Is there construction up ahead?

Designing a program that can answer these questions and safely transport passengers has proven difficult. However, most drivers who are paying attention to the road can navigate these questions with ease. Unfortunately, not every driver is paying attention.

If drivers aren’t texting, what are they doing?

Although fewer drivers are claiming to text while drive than in the past, a recent report by Consumer Affairs notes that this does not mean drivers are putting down their phones and paying attention to the road in front of them. Instead, many of our young drivers aren’t texting and driving because they are using their phones for apps instead.

These claims are supported with data collected by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Driving (SADD). To gather this data, teens were asked to complete a survey with various questions about their driving habits. Although only 27 percent of participants admitted to texting while driving, 68 percent admitted to using applications on their phones while operating a vehicle.

Interestingly, teens seem to recognize that texting while driving is dangerous but many believe that using an app is perfectly safe. The same survey found 80 percent of teens state that using an app while driving is not distracting. Just what applications are teens accessing on their phones? Popular apps include Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and the newly released Pokémon Go!

What should I do if I am in a distracted driving accident?

Unfortunately, such distractions can lead to dangerous accidents. Those who are involved in an accident should first address the situation. Once the immediate needs of the accident are addressed, it may be wise to consider a personal injury suit.

Personal injury suits allow the victims of these accidents to hold the responsible party accountable for his or her actions. This can lead to monetary awards that help cover the costs associated with the car crash. This can include medical bills, rehabilitative expenses, lost wages and even the cost to replace a vehicle.

If you are injured, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options. 

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