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Phone apps and social media distract drivers

Even though drivers are regularly warned that texting and driving is dangerous, there are still many Texas drivers who check their phones while operating a vehicle. Although the majority of the nation has banned texting and driving, the issue has spread so that some drivers actively use Snapchat, Spotify, Instagram and "Pokémon Go."

A mother of two who lost her own mother in a crash approximately eight years ago started StopDistractions.org, an advocacy group for other victims of distracted driving. The crash was reportedly caused by a 20-year-old driver who failed to stop at a stoplight as she was distracted by a phone call. As phones become even more sophisticated, it would be no surprise if they continue to distract drivers.

Even though phones are known to be distractions, a survey said that 70 percent of teens stated that they either text or use apps while they are operating a vehicle. Only 6 percent of the participants stated that looking at apps on their phone is the most distracting behavior.

When a distracted driver causes an accident, anyone who was involved could suffer serious injuries that could prevent them from earning an income or continuing with their schooling. A personal injury attorney may assist with filing a lawsuit against the distracted driver in order to seek compensation for medical bills and lost income. If the distracted driver was a teenager, the attorney may also potentially hold the parents responsible, especially if they allowed their teen to borrow a vehicle even if they had a history of unsafe driving.

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