Phone Use While Driving
There is no question that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests distraction is a factor, no matter how small, in over 80 percent of auto accidents. And cellphone use is now known to be one of the leading causes of this type of dangerous distraction.
Texting while driving has received the largest amount of attention. Indeed, this action is incredibly dangerous – taking a driver’s eyes off of the road for an average of five seconds at intervals until the text is sent or read. This is the equivalent of driving blindfolded down the length of a football field at 55 miles-per-hour. While now illegal in most states, texting while driving remains a common cause of car accidents.
If you are have been injured by a texting driver, please contact The Cochran Firm online or by calling (800) 843-3476 to schedule your free consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys.
Is Hands-Free Safe?
Many people erroneously believe that using a hands-free device to text or talk is safer. Numerous studies have found this is far from the truth. In fact, some studies have found that using a hands-free device to talk or text is actually more distracting than using a handheld alternative, as it requires more attention and correction than manual input.
The use of hands-free devices is not regulated in most states, but this does not change the rights of victims. When you sustain an injury in an accident caused by a driver using a hands-free device you are entitled to hold that person accountable and seek damages well beyond the paltry offerings of insurance companies.
To schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced distracted driving attorneys, please contact us today. We fight for victims of negligent drivers throughout the country.