In Oklahoma and around the country, it is not uncommon to see drivers checking their phones while they are behind the wheel. In fact, drivers are so distracted by their phones these days that 46 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws making it illegal to text and drive. With the popularity of social media sites, driving apps and Pokémon Go, drivers now have more temptation to look down at their phones than ever before.
Despite laws banning the use of cellphones while driving, many drivers admit that they continue to do so. An all-age survey that was conducted by the National Safety Council found that 74 percent of drivers use Facebook while they drive. The same survey found that about one-third of drivers use Twitter, Youtube or Instagram while they are behind the wheel.
Cellphone use and other driving distractions cause over 1,000 car accident injuries and eight deaths each day, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, many people believe that distracted driving is an underreported problem, and the real statistics may be much worse than the NHTSA figures show.
After serious car accidents, investigators may look at the cellphone records of all of the drivers involved in order to determine whether any of the drivers were talking or texting right before a crash. Records of the text or call may be used to prove that the driver was at-fault for the accident. An attorney can use this and other evidence when seeking compensation for an injured client’s losses through a lawsuit filed against the negligent motorist.