Study shows distracted driving involving smartphones includes more than just texting.
A lot has been said about the dangers of distracted driving. In spite of all the driver education and awareness campaigns, distracted driving is still claiming lives on American roads each day. There is research to prove that even a few seconds of distraction is enough to put lives in danger, however, many drivers still do not abstain from reading and writing text messages. However, texting is not the only distraction that leads to crashes. In this post, our St. Louis automobile crash lawyer will discuss the other distractions that pose danger to drivers.
We all are well aware of the consequences of texting and driving. In 2015, 861 traffic-related deaths were reported in Missouri. Of these, around 100 involved the use of cell phones. Missouri law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from texting and driving. Although the dangers of texting and driving are well known, many teenagers’ habits have now evolved into something even more dangerous. They now using social media while driving. Research shows that smartphone usage slows down the driver’s distraction time by over 38 percent. Alcohol on the other hand typically slows the reaction time by 12 percent.
A study by AT&T has revealed that over 40 percent of drivers use social media while driving. Drivers do not just text while driving, they also update statuses, post to Instagram, and send Snapchats. According to distraction.gov, at any given time there are over 660,000 drivers using their cell phone while driving. This is a startling number given the risks involved, and the potential there is for an accident resulting from this action.
There was a recent case involving a 30-year-old man who got killed in a collision caused by a distracted driver. The at-fault driver was had been taking a Snapchat video right before the crash occurred. Snapchat has a feature that allows the users to take a video and then the app automatically posts how fast the user is traveling.
The AT&T study also revealed some other statistics. According to research, the various smartphone activities that drivers engage in while driving include:
- Texting (61 percent)
- Email (33 percent)
- Surfing the web (28 percent)
- Facebook (27 percent)
- Instagram (14 percent)
- Snapchat (11 percent)
The study also found out that:
- 60 percent of the drivers keep their cellphone within easy reach when driving
- 22 percent of those who access social network while driving blame it on addiction
- 30 percent of those who post to Twitter while driving do it all the time
- 27 percent of those who shoot videos while driving think they can do so safely
Distracted driving is a problem that can only be countered with collective effort. It is important for all drivers to pledge not to use their smartphones or engage in other distractions while driving.
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