More than 30,000 people die each year in motor vehicle accidents. The biggest causes of fatal accidents are alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving. And the third of those causes – distracted driving – is growing quickly because of evolving technology, including mobile devices and new features in vehicles themselves.
The problem is many drivers believe that hands-free technology, “infotainment” dashboards and cruising options and other features offered by new vehicles increase safety and give them license to pay less attention to the road. But convenience doesn’t always mean safety. Truth be told, these technologies make us less focused on what’s happening on the road. Add to that the use of cell phones while driving. People tend to use phones for such long periods during the day that it’s difficult not for them not to want to use them while they are driving.
“Hands free is not risk free” says the National Safety Council, and we couldn’t agree more. Many people have died or were injured in accidents caused by cellphone use. Even a quick call or one text message can cause a catastrophe. Unfortunately, no state has banned all cell phone use while driving, so it is a driver’s responsibility to avoid using devices to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
Using your cellphone while driving can have terrible consequences and harm innocent people. If you or a family member is involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver call us today for a free consultation. We are here to help.