South Carolina drivers may believe that texting is the major cause of distracted driving, but research shows that the scope of the problem is much larger. For example, Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game that allows users to collect digital creatures in real-world environments, has already led to distracted driving accidents. Other drivers are using mobile apps such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even Google Maps without realizing how distracting smartphone use can be.
Advocacy group StopDistractions.org is devoted to reducing fatalities caused by distracted driving. Snapchat is one of the most commonly cited driving distractions since it allows users to post short videos to followers. While texting and driving has been banned in 46 states and the District of Columbia, the legislation is not always up-to-date with changing technology.
A surprising 70 percent of teenagers admit to using mobile applications while driving, according to a recent study of 2,500 high school-age Americans. Each day, more than 1,000 people are injured in accidents involving one or more distracted drivers. These accidents are caused by texting, talking on cell phones, using mobile applications and even eating while driving. Despite the risks, many distracted driving accidents go unreported. Most people are aware that distracted driving is a problem, but many mistakenly believe that the only significant risks come with drinking and driving or texting and driving.
Distracted drivers may be liable for damages if they cause a car accident. A personal injury lawyer can provide consultation for injured victims and help them determine whether a lawsuit is the best course of action.