There are many things that can cause auto accidents. But perhaps the most common is driver distraction. Distractions can turn the best drivers into serious hazards. In fact, it has been said that driving while using a cell phone or other distracting device can be at least as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Unfortunately, we are all susceptible to some distractions while behind the wheel. But when drivers choose to engage in conduct that they know will diminish their attention to the road, they unnecessarily put other motorists and pedestrians at risk.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that driver distraction plays a role in nearly one out of every five auto accidents. One of the most common but avoidable sources of distraction are handheld electronic devices. Two-thirds of American drivers report having talked on a cell phone while driving in the last 30 days. One third report having sent or read a text message while driving. What’s more, using voice-activated or hands-free units appears to have only a marginal effect on decreasing distraction.
When investigating an accident where it appears driver distraction may have plaid a role, experienced personal injury litigators can use phone records, accident photos and eyewitness accounts to determine what the drivers were doing just prior to the accident. In many states, it is illegal to use a cell phone or text message while driving. However, even if it is not specifically illegal, it may still be strong evidence of negligence. A Collegeville car accident litigation attorney can review the circumstances of your accident to determine what role cell phone use or other driver distractions may have played and what impact it may have on your legal claim.