If someone nearly hits you in traffic today, chances are that person never
even saw you. Instead, numerous drivers are far too busy surfing the Internet
or sending and receiving text messages to pay much attention to others
on the road. In order to determine just how bad this problem has become,
AT&T recently hired
Braun Research to poll over 2,000 people. The results of that research are both startling
In order to take part in this survey, those polled had to first truthfully
state that they owned a smartphone and “drive
at least once a day.” They were then queried regarding all of their cell phone activities
while heading down the freeway or a typical street.
Upsetting Facts Revealed by the Recent Braun Driver Poll
Many people appear to have little impulse control and
use Twitter constantly. Approximately14 percent of drivers admitted that they regularly use Twitter while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
In fact, one-third of these same drivers said that instead of watching
the road ahead of them, they are constantly sending out Twitter messages “all of the time.”
A large number of smartphone users are even scrolling through Facebook
pages while driving. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 65 said that instead
of watching traffic lights and making sure they don’t hit pedestrians
and others, they’re
often using Facebook.
There are many people using “video chat” instead of concentrating
on defensive driving. One in ten of those polled admitted that they even
use “video chat” despite the fact that this wholly consumes
their attention while driving towards others on the freeway or on their
local city streets.
A number of drivers take “selfies” while driving past others.
According to the AT&T poll,17% of smartphone users are actually taking “selfies” when they should be keeping
their eyes on the road.·
Simply texting remains the favorite way to use smartphones while zooming
down city streets and highways. An astounding
61% of drivers aren’t watching out for kids and others on the road in front of
them. Instead, they are texting as fast as they can to all of their friends
and family members.
General “surfing on the internet” is another favorite “play”
activity for some drivers. A startling
28% of those driving past you, and perhaps nearly rear-ending you, are just too distracted because they
are searching the internet. Some may just be looking for the location
of a nearby restaurant or mall.
Cell phone addiction may be real – and many of us are paying for it with higher insurance premiums
due to the increase in car accidents caused by smartphone users.
If you are concerned about your road safety and are surrounded by drivers
who are too busy texting to notice if a “green light” has
changed, be sure to set a good example for others.
Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
When a life is taken too early and families are torn apart by the negligence
of drivers who are using their phones, survivors have the right and the
responsibility to take action. If you or a loved one were severely injured
in an auto accident, the
car accident lawyers in Atlanta at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. are here to help. Our experienced attorneys
are committed to helping you win your case.