If you’re like most drivers in the United States, then you spend plenty of time behind the wheel. The American Automobile Association conducted a survey between May 2013 and May 2014 that showed American motorists spend an average of 46 minutes per day on the road.
Although more time spent driving will improve your skills, it can also lead to complacency. Far too many motorists feel comfortable using their cell phones behind the wheel. According to Distraction.gov, at any given daylight moment in the United States, an estimated 660,000 drivers are manipulating electronic devices or using cell phones.
Distraction-related accidents have become alarmingly common in the United States. Although it is not possible to calculate the number of crashes related to cell phone use, the Federal Communications Commission estimated that 3,179 people died and 431,000 sustained injuries in distracted driving wrecks in 2014.
Here are four reasons why using a cell phone while driving is particularly dangerous:
- Distracts drivers visually;
- Causes erratic braking;
- Prevents drivers from surveying their surroundings; and
- Leads to swerving.
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Let’s take a closer look at four reasons why drivers should never use their cell phones behind the wheel:
- Distracts Drivers Visually
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration groups all distractions into three categories: manual, visual and cognitive. The deadliest distractions, such as texting and browsing social media, fall into all three categories.
Drivers who use their cell phones behind the wheel are less likely to notice hazards in time to take evasive action. They also might not see approaching construction zones and traffic congestion.
- Causes Erratic Braking
Drivers who divide their attention between the road and their cell phones are more likely to brake erratically. Although keeping your foot on the brake might seem like a safety precaution, it can prevent other motorists from anticipating your actions, thus increasing the risk of an accident.
- Prevents Drivers from Surveying Their Surroundings
Drivers must constantly survey their surroundings to identify vehicles in their blind spots and predict dangerous situations. Drivers who use their cell phones cannot properly survey their surroundings.
- Leads to Swerving
Taking your eyes off the road will make you more likely to swerve. This increases the risk of striking a curb, guardrail or a vehicle in an adjacent lane.
If you were injured by a distracted, drunk or negligent driver in Louisiana, contact a Baton Rouge injury lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC. An auto accident attorney will help you claim the maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and non-economic damages. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.