There are more than 260 million cell phone users in the United States. Most of them talk on their phones while driving. Unfortunately, this trend has led to an increase in car accidents since cell phone use greatly distracts drivers. Cell phone use car accidents can have hefty consequences.
Cell Phone Distraction
Talking on the phone is very distracting to drivers. Some of the distractions come from dialing the phone and getting lost in conversation. In addition to this using the phone reduces the drivers control especially in emergencies.
Due to these distractions the drivers find it difficult to maintain constant speed and sometimes swerve off the road. There are also many cases of drivers running into other stationary vehicles, due to cell phone use.
Facts About Cell Phone Use and Driving
According to research on road accidents, cell phone use while driving has led to an increase of car accidents which cause serious injuries and sometimes wrongful death. Here are some facts that support these findings.
Every year, more than 2,600 people perish in car related accidents caused by drivers who use cell phones while driving.
Accidents brought about by cell phone use lead to around 330,000 injuries each year.
While using a cell phone behind the wheel, a driver has the same reaction time as a drunk driver. He or she is 9% slower to brake and 19% slower to return to the recommended driving speed than the normal driver.
Drivers who use cell phones are four times likely to get involved in a car accident.
Though some states have passed laws that require drivers to use hands-free devices while on the wheel, there is no data to show that those devices reduce the risk of the driver being involved in accident.
Text Messaging While Driving
Reading and sending text messages while driving has the same effect as answering or making a phone call while driving. According to a 2007 survey, 19% of drivers admitted to texting while driving. This is an alarming statistic, since a driver has to divert his full attention from the road to his or her phone so as to read or write a text message. This increases the risk of causing a car accidents.
Many drivers involved in texting-while-driving cases are under 30 years. A survey done in 2006 showed that 37% of teenagers admit that text messaging is the utmost distraction while driving.
Have Additional Questions About Cell Phone Use Whil Driving? Contact our Atlanta, Austell or Gwinett County Law Firm Offices
If a person gets injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was using a cell phone behind the wheel, he or she may be entitled to receive compensation for any damages caused. The car accident lawyer at the law offices of Matthew C. Hines has the resources and skills to ensure that victims of such accidents receive the right compensation.
Car accidents involving cell phones can be difficult. Most of the times, multiple parties may be held responsible for the victims injuries. If the driver who caused the accident was attending to a work-related call, the driver’s employer may also be held responsible. Our office has handled many of such cases and can help you identify the parties to include in your suit.
If you have a car accident claim in Georgia and its environs, feel free to contact our car accident attorneys and schedule an appointment.