The CDC reported that in 2011, nearly 70% of Americans between the ages of 18-64 used cell phones while driving, and almost 30% of them sent text messages while behind the wheel. USA Today reports that 1 in 4 car accidents are caused by cell phone use. Are you at risk for an accident if you use your cell phone while driving? If you do get into a crash, could you be held responsible?
Distracted Driving Causes Crashes
Although it may be tempting to use your cell phone while driving to make phone calls or even find nearby restaurants, the fact of the matter is that cell phone use behind the wheel is very dangerous. This type of distracted driving causes drivers to take their eyes off the road and can lessen their reaction time to their surroundings.
Is Going Hands Free Any Safer?
Many people believe that using hands free cell phones or speakerphone while driving reduces the danger that cell phone use presents. However, the National Safety Council reported that of the 26% of car crashes caused by cell phone use, only 5% were due to texting. This means that the use of a cell phone behind the wheel in any capacity can significantly increase the risk of getting into a car accident.
Will You Be At Fault for an Accident If You Were Using a Cell Phone?
If you are involved in a car accident and were using a cell phone at the time the accident occurred, you may be found legally liable for damages incurred by yourself and the other driver. If the other driver caused the accident in some other way, you may still be held partly at fault. Since car accidents can be extremely costly, it’s important to remember this next time you go to pick up the phone while driving.
Were You Hurt in an Accident Caused By a Driver Using a Cell Phone?
If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a driver who was using a cell phone, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the damages you’ve incurred. At the Sarkisian Law Offices, we can help protect your rights to that compensation with zealous legal representation. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case at (219) 942-7171.