At any given moment there are nearly 700,000 people operating a motor vehicle while distracted on their cell phones. In this article on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website distracted driving is called an epidemic.
What are people doing on their cell phones?
Some people are texting, fiddling with apps, tweeting, checking their instagram follower count or more recently taking snapchat selfies while driving. While the apps themselves are not to blame, users of social media apps are indeed causing more accidents.
Nobody wins when people cause accidents while playing with social media apps. In a recent case, a woman was sentenced to prison who caused a fatal accident. In that case the driver was doing 85 and playing on their phone when they slammed into a stopped vehicle, killing the other driver.
Where are accidents occurring?
The National Safety Council’s data shows that cell phone related car accidents are the most common in Tennessee. The next most dangerous state is Texas, followed up by California and Florida. Their same data shows that the actual number of reported injuries is vastly under-reported.
So, is social media causing car accidents?
Users of social apps are definitely causing accidents, and the number is rising.
What can you do about it? When your kids end up getting a smart phone, educate, educate, educate. And, be a good example.