Is Using a Cell Phone the Only Driver Distraction?

Using a cell phone while driving is one of many types of driver distractions. Cell phone use Photo of a smashed car after a car accidentis the most common distraction, but there are other activities:

  • Interacting with a passenger
  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Holding an object other than a cell phone
  • Talking, singing and/or dancing alone
  • Holding a cell phone
  • Smoking
  • Adjusting the radio or climate control
  • Eating and/or drinking
  • Other cell phone interaction

Do Cell Phone Bans Reduce Accidents?

According to Truckinginfo, a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that when drivers are not using cell phones they tend to engage in other distractions. Unfortunately, they concluded that states with cell phone bans have not seen a decrease in the number of distracted driving crashes.

In other words, when cell phone use decreases while driving, crash rates have remained about the same, because instead of talking or texting, drivers are filling the void with other distracting behaviors.

Interestingly, the risk of being involved in a wreck or near-miss was about 17 percent higher when a driver was using a cell phone, which is nearly triple that of drivers who are focused on driving.

If a distracted driver has injured you, call our personal injury lawyers at 1 (800) 336-6000.

McBride, Scicchitano & Leacox, P.A. – Injury Attorneys      

Source: http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/news/story/2014/10/driver-study-spending-more-time-on-phone-doesn-t-raise-crash-risk.aspx

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