Smartphone users confess to array of distracted-driving activities

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If you drive in Ohio, then you are prohibited from texting and driving at the same time. However, the texting-while-driving ban is considered a secondary law, meaning that a person can be ticketed for texting while driving only after being pulled over for a separate violation.

Texting behind the wheel is widely known to be the most dangerous form of distracted driving, but there are other kinds that can have equally devastating consequences. In fact, AT&T commissioned a survey that shows distraction-by-smartphone happens in a shocking number of ways.

As part of the phone company’s “It Can Wait” campaign, 2,067 smartphone users confessed to using their phones for anything from emailing to taking selfies, all while driving.

Here’s a quick rundown of the kinds of while-driving smartphone activities the drivers admitted to:

  • 61 percent — texting
  • 33 percent — emailing
  • 28 percent — searching the Internet
  • 17 percent — taking selfies or other photos
  • 14 percent — Twitter
  • 14 percent — Instagram
  • 12 percent — shooting video
  • 11 percent — Snapchat
  • 10 percent — video chatting

States have made legislative efforts to ban use of handheld devices while driving. One reason: in 2013 there were 3,154 motor vehicle accident fatalities attributed to distracted driving, which also led to injuries for about 424,000 people.

Still, there seems to be willingness on the part of drivers to ignore the facts and continue risking their own lives and the lives of others. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, then don’t wait to explore your legal options for holding the negligent party accountable.

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