Social Media and Driving Don't Mix

Most California motorists are aware of the risks of texting while driving. It is highly dangerous, but so are numerous other distracting activities in which people engage while they are behind the wheel.

Distracted driving also includes checking cellphones for other purposes, including looking at Facebook, Google Maps, SnapChat, Twitter, Spotify and YouTube. Since its introduction in July 2016, many people have been constantly checking their smartphones while playing Pokemon Go. People have caused accidents while using the app, including a man who reportedly crashed into a police car and a girl who hit a light pole while allegedly playing the game.

In a survey of 2,500 teenagers conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance, almost 70 percent admitted that they used apps while they were driving. Only 6 percent of those who were surveyed identified checking social media apps as the most dangerous distracted driving activity. In another survey of 2,400 drivers of all ages by the National Safety Council, 74 percent of the respondents said that they check Facebook while they are driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 1,000 people are injured and eight are killed every day because of distracted driving.

A driver who is distracted by a cellphone and causes a car crash in which others are injured may be held responsible to to pay damages to compensate the injured victims for their losses. People who have been harmed in this way may want to talk to a personal injury attorney about their cases. An attorney can use evidence such as cellphone records and eyewitness testimony in order to prove negligence.

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