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Texting Isn't the Only Thing Distracting Mississippi Drivers

What's distracting Mississippi drivers? Probably not just texting, according to a recent study. Research commissioned by AT&T as part of its "It Can Wait" campaign found that, by their own admission, drivers are using smartphones in a variety of dangerous ways -- and often.

The findings show that people are risking their own lives and the lives of others by engaging in dangerous smartphone-related activities behind the wheel, despite being aware of the fact that distracted driving is often just as dangerous as drunk driving.

More than 20 percent of respondents said they access social media while driving because of addiction.

There's no denying that cell phones are part of our daily lives, but that's no excuse for succumbing to a smartphone habit and causing a wreck. The AT&T study points to a number of habit-related phone behaviors behind the wheel:

  • Of the people who said they use Twitter while driving, 30 percent indicated that they "do it all the time."
  • Of the people who shoot videos while driving, 27 percent said they think they can do it safely.
  • 62 percent of the distracted drivers indicated that they keep their smartphones within close reach.
  • And 22 percent blamed addiction for why they use social media while behind the wheel.

When you consider how many people die because of distracted driving accidents each year, the variety of while-driving smartphone activities is shocking.

Here's a breakdown of what distracted drivers confessed to in the AT&T study:

  • Texting -- 61 percent
  • Email -- 33 percent
  • Internet searches -- 28 percent
  • Facebook -- 27 percent
  • Selfies and other photos -- 17 percent
  • Twitter -- 14 percent
  • Instagram -- 14
  • Video -- 12
  • Snapchat -- 11
  • Video chat --10

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a distracted driver in Mississippi or Louisiana, then you may be entitled to compensation for a variety of costs, including property damage, medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering.

While the insurance adjuster who calls after a wreck may pretend to be on your side, make no mistake: the insurance company is not your friend. You need a lawyer who will fight to prove your case and maximize your compensation.

For more on that, please see B. Geoffrey Harrison PA's overview of motor vehicle accidents in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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