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Internet browsing while driving becoming increasingly more common

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 in Car Accidents

On behalf of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP

It is illegal to use a cell phone while driving in the state of New York. However, some people still choose to drive dangerously.

A survey by State Farm shows that in addition to phone calls and text messages, more drivers are using their cell phones to browse the Internet while driving. After surveying nearly 1,000 drivers, the insurance provider found that 21 percent of drivers browse the Internet while driving.

Young drivers are particularly prone to this habit. According to the survey, 48 percent of young drivers surf the Internet while they are driving.

This trend is increasingly more common as a result of more people owning smartphones. The technology allows people to access social media sites, email and other websites in any location, including their car.

“Though texting while driving remains a concern on the nation’s highways, people are also webbing while driving with increasing frequency,” the car insurance provider said. “These behaviors may pose equal or greater concerns in the effort to reduce distracted driving.”

New York City drivers know how devastating a car accident can be. People can be left with devastating injuries. Sadly, a car accident that is caused by distracted driving often results in fatalities.

Car accident victims do have legal recourse, however. They may pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit if their injuries were caused by a negligent driver. The money that is awarded can be used to cover medical expenses and lost wages. It is always best, though, for drivers to avoid car accidents in the first place.

Source: MSN Autos, “Distracted driving due to Web surfing is on the rise,” Douglas Newcomb, Nov. 26, 2012

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