There is no question that texting is a big problem when it comes to causing car accidents throughout the nation. It is not the only activity that could lead to a car accident however. A recent survey focused on other types of distracted driving behaviors that people engage in besides texting while driving.
The study, which was commissioned by AT & T, focused on 2,067 drivers between the ages of 16 and 65. They were owners of a smartphone and indicated that at a minimum they drove at least one time a day. The information was collected via a phone survey. Some of those individuals admitted to partaking in the following activities while behind the wheel:
- Accessing and posting on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook
- Taking selfies
- Video chatting
- Surfing the internet
It is fair to say that no one engages in these behaviors thinking that they will be involved in or cause a motor vehicle accident. In fact, for many who participate in distracting behaviors while driving it is because they believe that they can safely multitask while driving. The number of car crashes that occur as a result of distracted driving illustrates that this is not possible.
For other individuals, an inability to stop themselves from accessing their smartphones is to blame.
Regardless of the reason that a driver engages in distracted driving, if he or she is to blame for causing a car accident, it is possible that they could face a personal injury lawsuit brought by the injured individuals.