Millions of Americans use social media phone apps to stay in touch with friends and family, post photos, share news and enjoy the other capabilities that these tools offer. It’s easy and fun to access Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media on a mobile device.

Unfortunately, it’s also easy to be killed or injured by someone looking down at a phone when they’re supposed to have their eyes on the road. Social media app use plays a disturbing role in Texas’s distracted driving epidemic.

Irresponsible Drivers With Phones

The city of Austin has banned texting and internet use behind the wheel. This ban includes the use of social media apps while driving on a public road. But law enforcement can’t stop most instances of irresponsible distracted driving, which causes numerous deaths and serious injuries each year:

  • Reading and sending email and driving at the same time
  • Sending instant messages on Messenger and other apps while driving
  • Posting and reading statuses and photos while operating a car or truck
  • Checking game scores on a smart phone
  • Scrolling through posts and interacting with friends and followers while steering a vehicle
  • Playing games on a phone while stopped at a light or waiting in traffic

By now, most drivers know that their chances of getting into an accident are much greater when they are distracted with a phone. Why then does the cycle of injury and death continue? The results of one Baylor University study suggest that phone addiction may be more pervasive than many people imagine. Many drivers lack the self-control to untether themselves from their phones even for a few minutes.

Two Basic Steps To Take

Maybe you were recently involved in an accident caused by a driver who was obviously not paying attention or seemed to be looking down before the crash. If you or someone in your family was injured by a distracted driver, start with two important steps: 1) Get the medical treatment you need, as soon as possible, and 2) Talk to a personal injury attorney who knows how to protect the rights of those hurt by negligent drivers.