Statistics have clearly shown that cell phones and motor vehicles are a dangerous and deadly combination. If a distracted driver due to cell phone or texting usage has caused your auto accident, the Chicago personal injury lawyers at Zayed Law Offices will pursue the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us at 855.726.1616 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
Texting while driving as dangerous as driving while intoxicated
According to a recent study promulgated by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, cell phones cause more than 2,600 motor vehicle related deaths per year and over 330,000 injuries. Even drivers who use hands free headsets can be dangerous. Truckers who text while driving, for example, are more than 20 times as likely to be involved in an accident.
Statistics have shown that a person who is texting while operating a motor vehicle has the same impaired reaction time as a driver with an intoxication level of .08. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 500,000 drivers talk on their cell phones while driving every day.
Tips to avoid accidents if you drive while using your cellular phone
About 40% of people admit to having a close call because of a driver using a cell phone. If you are involved in a profession or line of work that requires cell phone usage while driving, consider using these tips to reduce your risk of serious injury:
- Use hands free devices such as a Bluetooth or an earpiece if possible
- Do not look up numbers or take notes while driving
- Try to make your calls when you are not moving or before you pull out into dangerous traffic
- Do not use your phone while in heavy traffic, hazardous weather, or stressful situations
- Try to keep your conversations short