There are thousands of smartphone apps available these days, and they range from entertainment oriented ones to apps that serve serious purposes like dieting, exercise, budgeting, maps and directions, news, and much more. People rave about their apps, and with good reason, but apps can also be quite deadly, if they’re used in the wrong place at the wrong time.
One of those wrong places is inside a car if you’re the driver. The New York Times recently reported that there has been a significant spike in car accidents in the past few years, and experts are blaming phone apps for that trend. In the first half of 2016, alarmingly, there were 17,775 collisions. This is a 10.4 percent increase over the same period in 2015.
It’s understandable. Operating a vehicle that weighs several thousand pounds while you’re traveling at speeds of 45 mph or more and negotiating all the ins and outs of traffic demands full attention, but a phone app can split your attention in ways that are deadly.
Young drivers, who are especially at risk anyway, are increasing their chances of getting into an accident by using apps like Pokemon Go, in which they use their phones to search for virtual creatures while they’re out driving.
If drivers cause an accident while using a phone app, they can be held legally responsible for damages. If you or someone in your family have been a victim of a distracted driving crash in Georgia, contact Michael W. McElroy, P.C., for a free consultation.