The Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving

(source: attorneyfone.com)

Cell phones are such a convenient part of modern life, and we get used to having them in our hands at all times. Responding immediately to bosses, colleagues, clients, friends and family often seems highly important. Unfortunately, because of this, cell phones are also now one of the main causes of car accidents.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), out of every four car accidents, one of them is related to cell phone use. Cell phone usage in moving vehicles causes more than 500,000 injuries and 200 fatalities every year. Whether it be looking at GPS on a cell phone, or talking and texting while driving, cell phones and cars do not mix well.

Distraction Kills

Cell phones cause distraction in ways that captivate drivers so much that they cause car accidents. It takes less than a second for an accident to occur, and even quick glances away from the road mixed with a hand off the wheel is a recipe for disaster. When a distracted driver realizes that they are about to get into an accident (if they get that chance), they tend to slam on their brakes or make sudden movements with their steering wheel. Reaction time is poor.

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