Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: Social Media and Distracted DrivingSeptember 15, 2016
With the rise of social media, reaching for your phone while driving can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving. From texting and talking to checking Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, the need to stay connected at all times can have devastating consequences, Baltimore personal injury lawyers report. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than eight people lose their lives and 1,000 more are injured every day in crashes involving distracted drivers.
A recent survey by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) suggests that this is a widespread problem that requires immediate attention. Of the 2,500 high school-age children surveyed, approximately 70 percent said that they use social media apps when they drive. When asked what behaviors they considered to be the most dangerous in terms of distracted driving, only six percent said that checking or posting something on social media was the most dangerous behavior to engage in while driving. Such distracted behavior not only puts the driver at risk for injury, but other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians as well.
Social media seems to be a temptation that few can resist, even while driving. Another survey sponsored by the National Safety Council studied 2,400 drivers covering a wide range of ages. Participants of the survey revealed the following:
- Nearly 75 percent admitted that they would use Facebook while driving
- Thirty-seven percent said they would use Twitter while driving
- Thirty-five percent said they would use YouTube while driving
- Thirty-three percent said they would use Instagram while driving
According to the president and chief executive officer for the National Safety Council, there is a shortage of good data available to prove that distracted driving causes car accidents. In addition, survivors may be hesitant to admit that they were using their phone, whether it be for texting or using social media. Unfortunately, people continue to engage in this dangerous behavior, even though they know it can lead to serious wrecks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reading one text is equivalent to taking your eyes off the road while driving the length of an entire football field.
Personality Type Can Predict Distracted Driving Behavior
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s distracted-driving research lab found that extroverted, older drivers were more likely to engage in distracted driving behavior than other drivers. This makes sense since outgoing people are more likely to want to stay connected to their friends and family, even while driving. Researchers were surprised to find out that responsible teens were more likely to text while driving than other groups. While this is not responsible behavior, researchers learned that this group felt the need to not only make others happy, but also to fulfill tasks, so they felt that responding to a text was the conscientious thing to do.
Regardless of a driver’s age, personality type, or gender, it only takes one second for a distracted driver to cause a tragic accident. All drivers should resist the temptation to quickly read a text or check a Facebook post until they are no longer behind the wheel.
Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving continues to be a serious issue as more people than ever are connected to social media. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver in Maryland, contact the dedicated Baltimore personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will pursue the maximum financial compensation for your injuries and make sure that the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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