Although cell phones have become an integral part of our lives, they have no place behind the wheel of a car. Cell phones cause significant distractions, which can cause serious and even deadly car accidents. Here’s what you need to know about the distraction of cell phones while driving.
Texting and Driving
Texting and driving is illegal, however, this doesn’t stop people from thinking they can fire off a quick message to their friends or read an incoming text in just a few seconds. A few seconds is all it takes to cause a deadly accident. Some phones have an automatic text back feature that says “I’m driving, I’ll text you back later.” The feature is enabled when the phone senses that it is traveling over a certain speed. If you don’t have this feature, simply wait until you are stopped or pulled over to return or send a text.
Using the GPS
Most smartphones now have GPS capabilities, and while this can be handy, paying attention to the phone’s directions instead of the road can end in disastrous consequences. It’s better to set the GPS directions and lay the phone down for the duration of the drive. Most phone GPS programs have voice activation, and you can even plug your phone in so you hear the directions over your car’s speaker system.
Placing & Answering Phone Calls
Calling someone or answering a call while you’re driving can be just as dangerous as texting, because it typically involves clicking through several screens. Additionally, talking on the phone while driving — while not illegal — is enough of a distraction to cause a crash. Avoid making calls while you’re driving and if you absolutely have to answer a phone call, pull over to the side of the road.
Using the Internet
Smartphones now have internet capabilities, which again, can be very useful when attempting to locate a business establishment or a phone number. Despite the convenience, don’t make the mistake of looking something up on your phone’s browser while you’re driving. Instead, pull over on the side of the road or into a parking lot so you can safely devote your attention to your search without endangering yourself and others on the road.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident caused by someone using a cell phone? Contact a car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Carl L. Brown today by calling (559) 431-4400.