Rear-end Collision May Be Result of Distracted Driving

two smashed carsLate Wednesday night, three people were taken to the hospital after a rear-end collision that Phoenix police believe was caused by a distracted driver.

A Hyundai waiting at a red light on 40th Street and Indian School Road was rear-ended so hard that the vehicle was pushed across the street. The Hyundai driver had to be extricated from the vehicle and the passenger was in serious condition.

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

Distracted Driving Means More Than Just Texting

If Wednesday’s accident was caused by a distracted driver, it is possible that the driver was doing more than simply texting and driving. New research shows that many drivers, particularly teenagers, use smartphone apps while driving.

A survey of 2,400 drivers of all ages found that 74 percent of respondents said they would use Facebook while driving, 35 percent would use YouTube and 37 percent would use Twitter while driving. The survey was sponsored by the National Safety Council.

Another survey found that nearly 70 percent of teenagers say that they use apps while they drive. The survey, from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions, found that only six percent of respondents ranked social media as the most distracting or dangerous driving behavior.

The newest form of distracted driving is playing the Pokémon Go app while driving, despite the fact that the app repeatedly warns users not to. Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game in which players attempt to catch Pokemon characters that appear in the real world. The game has been linked to several distracted driving car accidents across the country.

As Wednesday’s accident shows, distracted driving can be extremely dangerous and cause severe injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving car accident, contact the Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law Group.

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