Smartphones have various applications for different uses. Snapchat is one app that includes photo and video sharing. In 2013 Snapchat, added a speed filter, and a driver could send a video of how fast they were driving to other Snapchat users. Before the app was taken down, some Snapchat users were making a game out of driving fast while videoing and sharing it with others.
In many states, it is illegal to text and drive, and this includes using an app in the car. In Delaware, drivers cannot send or read a text, and they cannot use handheld devices. If a driver has a learner’s permit, they cannot use a cellphone. A driver distraction is anything that takes one’s attention away from the task at hand.
Texting takes one’s eyes off the road for only five seconds. However, at 55 miles per hour, that five seconds is the equivalent of driving down an entire football field. Teenage drivers tend to speed and drive closer to the car in front of them, and they do not always wear seat belts. A 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 39 percent of the teenage survey respondents texted or emailed while driving at least once in the previous 30 days.
Some helpful tips to prevent a distracted driving car accident include:
Distracted driving can lead to vehicle accidents and injuries of all degrees as well as property damage. Any driver found to be distracted can also face punitive measures, such as fines, license restrictions, and other legal penalties.
After a distracted driving accident, a victim should focus on healing, and having a trusted legal advocate by your side can be beneficial. The Delaware car accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. understand what accident victims are going through. To learn more about your case, call us at 302-656-5445 or contact us online. We are located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, and we serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.