When people drive their vehicles in New York, they can almost go into auto-pilot mode as driving can become second nature. However, it is important that people remember that they must pay attention to their surroundings at all times and obey the various traffic laws. This is because when they become distracted or fail to follow laws such as speed limits or traffic signals, car accidents can occur and in some of them people can suffer significant injuries.
There are many distractions for drivers though and one of the most dangerous ones has quickly become the use of cell phones while driving. Using a cell phone distracts the driver in three main ways. Visually it forces drivers to take their eyes off of the road. It forces the driver to take they hands off of the wheel and takes the driver’s mind off of the task of driving the vehicle.
Ways using cell phones while driving is dangerous
As stated above cell phone use distracts drivers in a variety of ways, but below are examples of why using a cell phone why driving is so dangerous:
- An average text forces a driver to take their eyes off the road for 5 seconds. This may not seem like a long time, but especially of freeways this can mean the driver is not looking at the road for the length of a football field.
- Chances of being in an accident doubles and sometimes triples when people are using their cell phones.
- Drivers texting are six times as likely to be in an accident than drunk drivers.
- Car accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths and using a cell phone while driving greatly increases that risk.
Drivers in New York can control their actions while driving and can ensure that they are not using their cell phones. However, they cannot control the actions of the other drivers and many of them are using their cell phones. If people are in an accident due another driver using their cell phone, they may be able to receive compensation for the damages they suffer though. Experienced attorneys understand the devastation these accidents cause and may be a useful resource.