The Dangers of Smartphone Addiction

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Smartphones are a critical part of modern daily life. In 2013, 56% of Americans owned a smartphone.[1] Today, that number has risen to 64% of Americans.[2] More than a communications tool, smartphones have become so integrated into our lives that a recent study revealed that three-quarters of respondents never left their smartphone more than five feet away from them.[3] The fear of being without your smartphone, scientifically known as “nomophobia,” afflicts 40% of the population.[4] This data points to one conclusion – smartphone addiction is genuine and pervasive.

Social Indicators of Smartphone Addiction

While a text message may not disrupt a conversation…

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What Is Distracted Driving?

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Across the country, many organizations strive to create awareness for the dangers of distracted driving. In the United States, more than ninepeople are killed and more than 1,100 people are injured each day in crashes that involve distracted drivers.[1]

What counts as “distracted driving”? 

Distracted driving is any activity that can divert attention away from the primary task of driving, including: texting, using a cellphone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using a navigation system, watching a video, and adjusting the radio.[2] These activities are dangerous because they involve one or more types of distraction:

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