A study conducted by AT&T revealed that despite all the warnings, drivers are not heeding the dangers when it comes to engaging in some kind of use with their smartphones when they are supposed to be focused on the road.
Until recently, most of the focus on distracted driving revolved around texting and driving. However, the AT&T survey revealed that almost half of the participants regularly access their social media accounts while driving.
The results of the distracted driving behaviors survey broke down as follows:
More than 60 percent of those surveyed admitted that they keep their phones within reaching distance while they are driving. For those surveyed who admitted to accessing social media while driving, 22 percent said the reason they ignore the dangers of this behavior while driving is because they are addicted to social media.
Additionally, although many of these social media sites claim that they discourage their users from accessing while driving, there is one site that is currently facing a lawsuit by a car crash victim. Attorneys for the victim say that site Snapchat, which has a speed filter which displays the speed at which a user is moving when he or she takes a photo, actually encourages users to engage in reckless driving, and therefore puts everyone at risk for vehicle accidents.
According to the lawsuit, an 18-year-old Snapchat user was attempting to drive her vehicle in excess of 100 mph and capture the image in order to post it on the site. What the driver failed to notice was the victim’s vehicle pulled over the side of the road. She crashed her car into his at a speed of 107 mph. The posted speed limit was only 55 mph. The victim was left with permanent brain damage, needs a wheelchair in order to get around, and is unable to work or support himself.
If you have been a victim of a car crash caused by a distracted driver, please contact an experienced Joliet personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the driver responsible for your injuries.