Car Accidents and Cell Phones

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Do Cell phones really cause car accidents? 

Data regarding the correlation between car accidents and cell phone usage while driving has been somewhat limited in the past.  However over the past couple years this information has become more available to the public. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, people using phones to text or talk on while driving are four times more likely to be involved in a car accident then those who don’t use a cell phone while driving.  Operating a cell phone while driving can be dangerous for a few reasons.  Many drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel when dialing a number on their cell phones.  

The most dangerous part about using a cell phone and driving at the same time is the distraction it causes.  Below is some information regarding cell phone usage and car accidents that you may not have known.

  • One fifth of drivers send text messages while driving
  • 80% of car accidents are caused by distracted drivers
  • Talking on a cell phone while driving causes 25% of the car accidents in the United States
  • Texting while driving is 6 times more likely to cause an accident then driving while intoxicated
  • Texting while driving increases the time spent with eyes off the road by 400%
  • In 2008 nearly 6,000 people died in car accidents caused by driver distraction
  • Drivers who use cell phones are 18 percent slower to react to brake lights
  • Cell phones cause approximately 200 traffic fatalities and half of a million injuries each year.

Few people ever leave their home without their cell phone.  In turn cell phone use is rapidly becoming one of the leading causes of car accidents in the U.S.  Laws keep changing in regards to cell phone usage while driving, which makes it important to speak to an experienced accident attorney who is familiar with the most current laws.  This will also help you obtain fair recovery compensation for your damages.  If you or a loved one is injured by a driver who is using a cell phone, contact a skilled Fresno car accident attorney at West Seegmiller as soon as possible.