Sadly, last week, survey results were released indicating that many motorists have expanded their distracted driving habits to include activities like using social media applications and taking pictures.
According to the New York Times, the survey, which was commissioned by AT&T as part of its “It Can Wait” public service campaign, indicated that 27 percent of drivers ages 16 to 65 reported to using Facebook and 14 percent report using Twitter while driving.
Frighteningly, in addition to the social media applications, one in 10 people said that they video chat while driving, while 17 percent admitted to taking selfies. Additionally, more than 10 percent admitted to using Instagram and Snapchat.
The results come from a poll of 2,067 people who own smartphones and drive at least once a day, according to the Times. These statistics go along with a survey conducted last year that showed that more than 25 percent of the American public admits to texting while driving.
Cape Prosecutors Say Woman Was Texting During Fatal Crash
Texting while driving or using other applications behind the wheel is extremely dangerous. In fact, according to New Jersey State Police, drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident than other drivers are.
We bring this subject up because recently a Cape May County grand jury indicted a 25-year-old woman who hit a pedestrian last year on a count of death by auto after she was allegedly texting when the accident occurred. The woman now faces as much as 10 years in prison. This should serve as a reminder that not only can you be held civilly liable for any distracted driving accident you cause, you can also face serious criminal charges.
An Attorney Can Help You with a Distracted Driving Accident Claim
Avoid dangerous habits like using your cell phone while you are driving. If a distracted driver has harmed you or killed someone in your family, talk to our Atlantic City injury attorney about your legal rights.
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