In connection with its ongoing “It Can Wait” campaign, AT&T commissioned a survey of more than 2,000 smartphone users. All of the respondents indicated that they drive at least once a day, and a disturbing 61 percent said they text and drive. But that isn’t the only smartphone activity posing a risk on roadways throughout the country.
Thirty-three percent of respondents confessed to emailing while driving; 28 percent said they searched the Internet; 27 percent admitted to using Facebook; and 14 percent said they used Twitter. Some of the drivers also used Instagram, Snapchat and video while behind the wheel.
The truth is that distracted driving is a potentially lethal form of negligence. To prevent injuries and deaths, educational efforts and law enforcement must be ongoing, and smartphone users must take responsibility for their actions by waiting to use their phones.
Along with texting while driving, the dangerous activities discussed here require one’s manual, visual and cognitive attention — attention that should be paid to the road and the present driving conditions in order to prevent crashes.
Distracted-driving accidents often result in serious injuries, leaving victims in need of immediate and long-term medical treatment. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, then don’t hesitate to speak with a personal injury lawyer about investigating your case and maximizing the amount of compensation you receive.