Cell Phone Use and Auto Accidents

Atlanta, Georgia

More than 260 million people use cell phones in the United States. Many of them frequently talk on their phones while driving. Unfortunately, it has become apparent in recent years that cell phone use poses a serious distraction to drivers and greatly increases the chances of an auto accident.

Driver Distraction

Drivers talking on their cell phones face several distractions including dialing their phone, becoming engrossed in their conversation, and the hindrance a phone imposes when making turns or engaging in sudden driving maneuvers.

As a result of these distractions, cell phone use has caused many drivers to weave or fail to maintain a constant speed. There have also been many instances where drivers talking on their cell phones have rear ended a vehicle stopped in front of them.

Facts about Cell Phone Use and Driving

There have been numerous studies linking cell phone use while driving to an increased risk of auto accidents causing serious injuries or even wrongful death. Consider the following facts:

  • Each year, more than 2,600 people die in auto accidents caused by drivers using cell phones.
  • Accidents caused by cell phones result in approximately 330,000 injuries annually.
  • Drivers using cell phones have the same reaction time as drunk drivers – they are 9% slower to brake and 19% slower to return to normal driving speeds.
  • Drivers using cell phones are four times as likely to get into an auto accident.
  • While some states have imposed laws requiring the use of hands-free devices while driving, statistics do not demonstrate that these devices significantly reduce the risk of an accident.
Text Messaging While Driving

Text messaging while driving creates a serious distraction for drivers as well. A 2007 survey found that 19% of drivers admit to texting while driving. Drivers have to completely divert their attention from the road in order to read, write, and send text messages while driving. This greatly increases the risk of a car accident.

Text messaging is particularly a problem for teenagers and drivers in their 20’s. A 2006 survey indicated that 37% of teenagers believe that text messaging is their greatest distraction while driving.

Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by a driver talking on a cell phone, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your damages. The Atlanta auto accident lawyer at Robbins & Associates, P.C. has the skills, resources, and background needed to provide you with the greatest likelihood of success in your claim.

Auto accident claims involving cell phones can be complex. Often, multiple parties may be held liable for your injuries. If the driver responsible for the accident was talking on a work-related phone call, the driver’s employer may also be held liable. Our Atlanta car accident attorney has a thorough understanding of the laws governing these cases and can help advise you as to the proper parties to include in your lawsuit.

If you have an auto accident claim in the Atlanta, Georgia area, please contact our Atlanta auto accident lawyer today to schedule a free consultation.

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