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AT&T Survey Shows Rampant Smartphone Use on the Road

Posted By Law Offices of Russ E. Robbins, P.A. || 9-Jun-2015

Every year thousands of drivers are hurt, or killed due to texting and driving. Texting is a particularly lethal distraction because it recruits both your eyes and brain to be involved for seconds, causing complete disengagement from the road.

The phone company AT&T conducted a survey on the use of smartphones while driving. The survey was an effort to educate drivers on how much phones contributed to distractions on the road. The research was done under the “It Can Wait” campaign, a program that is trying to limit the use of phone related driving accidents.

The research showed that 7-in-10 drivers regularly use their phones while on the road. Texting and emailing are at the top of reported activity. However, other cellphone activities are becoming more prevalent, as drivers become more attached to their phones. AT&T also reported that 4-in-10 people scrolled through social media while driving. 3-in-10 browse the internet, and shockingly 1-in-10 video chatted on the road. Here is the official breakdown of reported activities on the road:

  • Texting – 61%
  • Email – 33%
  • Browse the web – 28%
  • Facebook – 27%
  • Take a photo – 17%
  • Twitter – 14%
  • Take a video – 12%
  • Snapchat 11%
  • Video chat – 10%

AT&T is hoping that by raising awareness, and exposing how lethal of a practice it is, texting related accidents will decrease overall. They also have launched a nationwide tour, exhibiting a virtual reality room to aid people in understanding you cannot text and drive safely.

Getting Help When You Need It

If you have been involved in a car accident due to the negligence of a driver who was texting, contact the Law Office of Russ E. Robbins, P.A. Attorney Robbins can explore all the facets of your case, and fight for you to get the compensation you deserve.

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