Using a smartphone while driving is an incredibly dangerous behavior that may lead to catastrophic and fatal accidents. In 2017 alone, 3,166 people were killed in car accidents involving distracted drivers. Learn what makes distracted driving so dangerous and why you should think twice before picking up your phone in the car.
The Same as Driving Blindfolded
Sending a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for five seconds. When traveling at 55 miles per hour, that is equivalent to driving the entire length of a football field while blindfolded. While no one would attempt to drive the length of a football field while blindfolded, many decide to engage in an activity that is just as blinding—texting while driving.
Using a smartphone while driving is particularly dangerous because it affects all three levels of attention: visual, manual, and cognitive.
- Visual: Takes a driver’s eyes off the road.
- Manual: Takes a driver’s hands off the steering wheel.
- Cognitive: Takes a driver’s mind off the task of driving.
Such distractions lead to nine fatalities and 1,000 injuries in accidents per day. In order to reduce these statistics and keep drivers safe on the road, several states have enacted laws meant to curb distracted driving, including the following regulations:
- Hand-held cell phone use: 19 states and the District of Columbia have prohibited all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. In these states, a law enforcement officer may cite a driver for using a hand-held cell phone without any other traffic offense taking place.
- All cell phone use: While no state bans all cell phone use for all drivers, 39 states and the District of Columbia ban all cell phone use by novice drivers, and 20 states and the District of Columbia ban it for school bus drivers.
- Text messaging: 48 states and the District of Columbia ban text messaging for all drivers.
Despite these laws, many motorists continue to engage in distracted driving. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, our Washington D.C. attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel P.C. are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Do not spend one more day paying for someone else’s negligence.
Contact us today at (202) 659-8600 to learn how we can assist you.