According to a survey conducted by the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society, cell phone usage is involved in 2,600 accident-related fatalities each year. Moreover, the National Safety Council estimates that 28% of automobile accidents take place because drivers are talking or texting with their cell phones. Even though a cell phone is a great tool to have in emergency situations, it also poses a serious driving distraction that can make U.S. roadways more dangerous to navigate. Here’s a look at how cell phones contribute to auto accidents:
Diverting driver attention
If drivers are texting or talking on their phones, they are focusing part of their attention on the person on the other end of that conversation. Instead, they should be paying close attention to other drivers on the road, bicycles, and nearby pedestrians. Texting poses an especially dangerous hazard because the driver often isn’t looking at the road as they read or compose messages.
Slowing reaction time
Since cell phone usage became common, a number of court cases have come up in which drivers failed to adhere to stop signs or red lights because they were distracted by their phones. More than 120 studies conducted on cell phones have shown that even drivers who use hands-free devices to talk on their phones are easily distracted and are unable to adequately react to immediate road hazards.
Comparison with drinking and driving
In 2006, psychologists at the University of Utah reported the findings of a study revealing that using a cell phone while driving affected a driver’s speed, brake time, and following distance in the same way that operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol does. Driving is a dangerous activity that requires one’s full attention and cognitive clarity.
Malman Law provides personal injury representation for victims of car accidents involving distracted drivers. If you have suffered injuries because of the carelessness of another driver, give us a call at (312) 983-6193. We can fight for your rights and help you obtain the compensation you need to recover.
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