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Driving while distracted

Many drivers in South Carolina and the rest of the nation are facing more distractions while on the road. In addition to such distractions as eating, texting and talking on a cell phone, drivers are now routinely accessing social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 1,000 people are injured and more than eight people are killed daily in vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers. The National Safety Council approximates that almost 25 percent of all accidents can be linked to phone use during driving.

The results of a recent survey of high school students conducted by Students Against Destructive Decisions and Liberty Mutual Insurance indicate that there is also a lack of understanding of how dangerous it is to drive while preoccupied with a cell phone. Almost 70 percent of the teenagers surveyed stated that they access apps when driving. Just 6 percent believe that being engaged on social media while driving is dangerous or distracting driver behavior for teens.

Research conducted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham indicates that a particular personality type may be more prone to distracted driving. Older, extroverted drivers and reliable teens are more likely to engage in driving and texting. The data collected by the research may aid in preventing distracted driving by being used to target the segments of the population who possess the personality traits most associated with distracted driving.

Operating a vehicle while using a cell phone in any manner is negligent driving behavior. If someone is injured in a vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, a personal injury attorney may be consulted regarding compensation.

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