Driving and Cell Phone Usage
Ever since cell phone usage exploded in popularity, there have been debates regarding the inherent dangers that drivers using cell phones bring to roads and highways. The most recent talk on the subject is focusing on a university study that suggests that talking on the cell phone while driving can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.
The result of the continuing debates on cell phones and driving are a number of laws that punish drivers for using cell phones. These laws vary from state to state. Even states that already have laws against hand held cell phone usage are still coming under fire for failing to outlaw hands-free sets as well. Studies show that hand free sets cause the same amount of cognitive distraction on the road as hand held cell phones.
Cell phone usage contributes to an estimated 6 percent of all crashes which means that cell phones cause roughly 636,000 crashes each year. Of these crashes, cell phones were responsible for 330,000 injuries, 12,000 serious injuries, and 2,600 deaths. Cell phone usage also leads to $43 billion in damages due to crashes.
Driving is a dangerous activity. At any moment there are a number of potential hazards on the road. Drivers need to be completely aware of their surroundings at all times, and any distractions should be eliminated or reduced if possible.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact the Racine car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.