The use of cell phones while driving has reached an all-time high. Despite all media attention and costly efforts to reduce incidences, the statistics remain astonishing. In this post, we’ll look at the simple facts behind this conduct, such as the statistics, what the law states, how to reduce dangers, and what the penalties and compensation are in the event of an accident.
For over 30 years, car accident attorneys from Robert J. DeBry & Associates have been helping car accident victims throughout Utah. We have assisted folks who have been injured by being distracted by their mobile phones.
Statistics of cell phone usage while driving:
- Texting while driving is responsible for more than a quarter of all car accidents in the United States.
- Drunk driving is still seen as more harmful than texting while driving. However, the risk of an accident while using a cell phone is six times higher than the risk of a DUI accident.
- One-third of all fatal car accidents are caused by cell phones.
- Every year, 1.6 million crashes are caused by cell phone use, with 330,000 individuals injured.
The most secure way to use a cell phone while driving is to connect it via Bluetooth to the radio system or another suitable hands-free device. But even if the driver is not physically holding the phone, using the microphone on the phone while driving is illegal.
The use of a hands-free device does not entirely ensure safety either. Although the distraction from using such tech is significantly reduced, it is still possible that it will cause an accident – for which the driver will be held liable in court.
You should not be responsible for medical expenditures incurred due to an accident caused by somebody else. A car accident attorney may help you receive the compensation you deserve. In case of an automobile accident, contact a car accident attorney Robert J. DeBry & Associates to speak with an attorney at no cost.