A survey by Nationwide reveals that four out of 10 Americans say they have been hit or nearly hit by a driver distracted by their cell phone.

Other findings from the 2010 Driving While Distracted Technology Survey:

  • 26% of cell phone users download mobile applications to their cell phones
  • 37% of cell phone users under the age of 35 download mobile apps download mobile apps to their cell phones
  • More than one in four who download apps admit to using those apps while driving
  • The cell phone apps most used while driving are ones that allow drivers to access GPS, send and receive mail, search the Internet and read and post messages on Facebook and Twitter
  • Nearly half of Americans who download mobile apps say they download social networking apps such as Facebook and Twitter
  • 65% of Americans under the age of 35 download social networking apps

Survey researchers interviewed a nationally representative sample of male and female respondents, age 18 years or older, weighted to replicate actual population distribution by age, gender, education, ethnicity, household size, number of telephone lines and region according to the U.S. Current Population Survey.

For survey details: http://static.nationwide.com/pdf/DWD-technology-survey.pdf