When most people think of distracted driving, they imagine someone talking on a cell phone or texting while driving.
While these are textbook examples of distracted driving, there are new and frightening ways people are multitasking behind the wheel.
Consider all the ways people use their smartphones. Many people spend hours a day texting, using apps, and talking on their phones. About half of all teenagers admit to having a smartphone addiction. And this behavior doesn’t necessarily stop when a driver gets behind the wheel.
With a disregard for safety and a desire to “stay connected” at all times, today’s drivers are engaging in all sorts of distracted driving behavior while driving:
- Taking selfies or videos while driving
- Using FaceTime while driving
- Navigating a GPS while driving
- Using Snapchat while driving
- Playing Pokemon Go while driving
- Using Instagram or Twitter while driving
- Using apps while driving
Any behavior that takes a driver’s attention off the road and on to something else can be considered distracted driving. While we most often think of distracted driving as cell phone related, it can also include activities like eating, grooming, changing radio stations, etc.
Distracted driving causes accidents and injuries – and takes lives. As drivers find more and more ways to use their phones while driving, more accidents will occur and more lives will be taken.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, learn about your legal options in a free consultation. Call 609-589-0649 to reach Smith Magram Michaud Colonna, P.C.