Cell Phone Users Involved in an Accident Should Suffer the Consequences
While the use of cell phones while driving is still legal in certain states, if a driver is responsible for an accident while talking on that phone they should be prepared to suffer the consequences. In some studies show that using a cell phone renders drivers four times as likely to be involved in a crash. Many of those who study automobile accidents believe car collisions involving cell phones are vastly under-reported in national statistics. This is likely due to the fact that unless there were actually witnesses who saw the negligent driver talking on a cell phone, the driver is unlikely to admit that fact following a collision.
Research on Cell Phone Use While Driving
The National Safety Council believes that a conservative estimate of all motor vehicle crashes which involve the use of a cell phone is at least 25%. Rear-end collisions are perhaps the most common type of car crash involving a cell phone; like other forms of distracted driving, the driver may take their attention from the road, focusing on their phone conversation and fail to see the car in front of them slow or stop. Conversely, while 94% of all adults surveyed consider texting a serious safety threat and 87% feel cell phone use while driving is a safety hazards, those same adults continue to talk on their cell phone and even text while behind the wheel. Many drivers seem to feel that cell phone use is a distraction for other drivers, but not for themselves. In other words, those drivers you see texting or talking on a cell phone while driving believe they are the exception and can safely drive and operate their phones simultaneously.
Talking and Texting Among the Worst Forms of Distracted Driving
Research has shown that drivers using a cell phone may “look” but fail to actually see up to 50% of the information around them. This can make it very difficult for those same drivers to respond to an unexpected situation or even to notice routine traffic signs and lights. One University of Utah study found that when drivers talk on their cell phone, their reaction times slow to equal a driver with a .08 BAC. There are three primary types of distracted driving; manual distractions such as taking your hands off the wheel, visual distractions which involve taking your eyes off the road and cognitive distractions which involve taking your mind off your driving. Unfortunately, texting involves all three of those distractions and talking on your cell phone involves at least two.
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