Are Cell Phones the Most Dangerous Driving Distraction?
Numerous states have passed hands-free laws within the last decade, including New Hampshire. The purpose of these laws is to prevent cell phone use while driving. You may be wondering, are cellphones truly the biggest risk when it comes to distracting drivers? Let’s discuss the data.
Cell Phones and Car Accidents
In 2020, about 8% of all motor vehicle accident fatalities involved a driver who was distracted. About 1% of those drivers were distracted by their cell phone. Each year, distracted driving is the cause of over 3,000 traffic fatalities. It is also estimated that over 1 million car accidents are caused by texting while driving annually.
Based on the data above, cell phone use while driving prevents a very real danger for all individuals on the road.
Why is Cell Phone Use While Driving So Dangerous?
Cell phone use is considered one of the most dangerous risks because of the cognitive effects on the driver.
When a driver is using their cell phone and operating a vehicle at the same time, they are:
● Looking away from the road
● Have a hand or both hands off the wheel
● Are not thinking about the road
● Are not staying alert to potential obstacles
● Slowing down their potential reaction time
Because drivers are not fully focused on the road while using their cell phones, they are more likely to be involved in an accident.
Other Common Distractions for Drivers
While a significant risk, cell phones are not the only distraction drivers must ignore.
Other common distractions include:
● Roadside distractions like billboards or signs
● Adjusting car settings
Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys in New Hampshire
At Upton & Hatfield, LLP, we understand that it can be hard to put your phone away in a world that is always moving. However, you should never sacrifice your safety when using your cell phone. It can always wait.
If you or a loved one was involved in a distracted driving crash, our personal injury attorneys Susan Lowry and Michael McGrath can help explain your legal options and guide you through your future claim. Get started today; call us at (603) 716-9777.