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Rise in distracted driver behavior, taking photos and videos

In Connecticut, and throughout the U.S., the number of people who are taking part in distracting behaviors is problematic. This is, in part, due to the number of available alternatives to driving, like taking photos and videos with smartphones and other devices. Studies determine the cause of this and ways to prevent it, including a recent study from State Farm.

A representative for the company says the new survey has shown there has only been a small rise in the number of drivers, who are driving while distracted. However, one issue that is becoming troublesome is the number of drivers who are not texting or talking, but taking photographs and recording videos. It showed that 91 percent of drivers have a smartphone. More than 50 percent admit to using it when driving.

The only aspect of distracted driving with a smartphone that increased was taking photos and videos. The percentages were as follows: 50 percent spoke on a hand-held phone; 35 percent admitted to texting and driving; 29 percent used the internet; 26 percent read emails while driving; 21 percent responded to emails while driving; 22 percent used social media; 23 percent took photos; and 14 percent recorded videos. In other behaviors separate from phone use, 93 percent of drivers spoke to passengers; 23 percent dealt with children; and 21 percent handled pets.

There are other distracting behaviors, such as speeding, driving while tired, eating and using the radio. People who took part in the survey stated that they used the devices, despite knowing how it can cause a car accident. People who are injured or lose a loved one in a car crash should be aware of the amount of times accidents are caused by a distracted driver. The accident investigation will generally yield this information and it can be used to help with a legal claim. Speaking to an attorney about a lawsuit for a distracted driver, a negligent driver or for any other reason can help with a case.

Source: kotatv.com, "Survey finds distracted drivers taking more photos," May 25, 2017

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