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Mobile phone apps are new cause of distracted driving crashes

Mobile phone applications that allow users of smart phones to access the internet to retrieve information or play music or games are becoming more popular and more common as increasing numbers of people migrate to high-capability phones. As is often the case with new technology, young people are early adopters of phone apps and use them on a regular basis.

One of the results of this new technology is that it is becoming the latest cause of the dangerous habit of distracted driving. Laws that have made talking on a phone or texting while driving may or may not be broad enough to cover accessing the internet while driving. However, innocent victims in a distracted driving car accident will suffer the same injuries regardless of the cause of the distraction.

One alarming indicator of the increasing use of mobile phone apps is that a recent survey of college students found that more than a third of them admitted to using mobile phone apps while driving. Miami car accident lawyers who saw reports on the study noted that many of the students surveyed said they continued to use phone apps while driving even after they had been in a crash caused by distracted driving due to the use of phone apps!

Ten percent of the students surveyed answered "often," "almost always" or "always" to the question of how frequently they drove while using mobile phone apps.

Despite the advantages brought by new technology and greater conveniences, it is easy to foresee that many people are likely to be injured in car accidents caused by distracted driving related to mobile phone applications.

Source: Christian Science Monitor "Many students use mobile apps while driving, some even after they crash" 6/29/2011

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