Most people in Kentucky understand the hazards of texting while driving. Outlawed in 46 states and Washington, D.C., texting while driving is a well-known hazard that drivers see warnings for on road signs all across the country. However, texting isn't the only dangerous driving distraction anymore as motorists have more engaging apps on their smartphones than ever before.

Distracted driving awareness advocates have warned about the dangers of using social media apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat while driving. Google Maps and other apps that help drivers find their way can also be distracting as they can take a driver's attention off of the immediate environment. Now, the augmented reality video game Pokemon Go is becoming another distracted driving concern.

Distracted driving accidents cause at least eight deaths and injure over 1,000 people every day, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the president of the National Safety Council believes that distracted driving statistics are underreported. In a recent survey of 2,500 high school-age drivers, 70 percent of surveyed teens admitted to using smartphone apps while they drive.

Investigators may look at the cell phone records of drivers who were involved in serious car accidents. If a driver was texting or looking at social media right before the accident occurred, this evidence may be used to prove that the driver was at fault. An attorney might be able to use such evidence to help an injured car accident victim file a claim against a distracted driver.