How does cell phone use affect the probability of an accident?

How does cell phone use affect the probability of an accident?

The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Eleven teens die each day as a result of texting and driving in the United States. Take a look at the different types of distractions and tips to avoid them.

First, let’s look at the three main types of driving distractions:

Manual (something that requires you to remove your hands from the steering wheel):

  • Eating and drinking
  • Texting
  • Smoking
  • Searching for something
  • Changing the radio, temperature, etc.
  • Tending to small children

Visual (something that requires you to take your eyes off the road)

  • Texting, Dialing or Reading a Device
  • Checking a GPS
  • Taking in the view
  • Looking for street numbers, locations, etc.

Cognitive (something that causes your mind to drift)

  • Talking to another passenger or on the phone
  • Alcohol or drug ususage
  • Road rage

Regardless of how experienced a driver you are, the more you become distracted while driving, the higherr your risk of getting into a car accident.

To avoid an accident, follow these tips:

Tip 1: Pull over when you are lost. Read directions and adjust your GPS while safely stopped.

Tip 2: Keep your phone in “Do Not Disturb” mode or silenced and put away.

Tip 3: Only get behind the wheel when you are thinking clearly, are fully awake, and have your emotions under control.

Georgia Law: If you operate a vehicle while texting, you can add 1 point to your record. O.C.G.A. 40-5-57. 

This includes even talking on the phone. O.C.G.A. 40-6-241.2.

Distractions cause accidents. If you or a loved one has recently been involved in an automobile accident, please contact AJ Law Practice.