In many parts of the country, using a handheld cell phone while driving is against the law and getting caught will cost you. One of our local council members is trying to make that the law for Cleveland, too, in an effort to increase safety on our roads. Citing statistics produced by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Councilman Zack Reed advocates the passage of legislation banning handheld cell phone usage, a practice that causes driver distraction and ultimately leads to increased danger on the roads.
It’s Not Me, It’s Them
It is hard to argue with the facts – using cell phones while driving is dangerous. Yet according to studies, even though people know it is dangerous, they still use cell phones while driving. Interestingly, many people who support a ban on cell phone usage while driving are concerned about other drivers’ phone usage and the distraction that results from doing so; however, with respect to their own habits, do not recognize how these distractions cause a deterioration in their driving ability. This failure to acknowledge that no one is exempt from the problem of distracted driving is a problem that affects everyone on the road.
Young Drivers and Cell Phone Distraction
Distracted driving – and the role that cell phone usage contributes to it – is especially concerning when looking at younger drivers. Those who are less experienced behind the wheel need to pay even closer attention to the road. According to one study, though younger drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 only account for about six percent of all drivers on the road, accidents involving this age group account for ten percent of traffic deaths. Though this fact exists, all drivers, regardless of age or driving experience, can be equally distracted when using a cell phone while driving.
Hands-Free – What Does that Entail?
Today’s society focuses more on the dangers of texting while driving as opposed to just talking on the phone while behind the wheel. In fact, hands-free options are generally permitted. The question, though, is whether these activities can be considered completely hands-free; unless and until a driver can complete all phone activity from start to finish without having to take his or her eyes from the road for even one second, an argument can be made that even hands-free is not at least in some part distracting. Picking up the phone, even just to hit one button, requires at least a quick glance – perhaps the closest to completely hands-free phone usage requires exclusively voice-activated equipment.
When Accidents Occur, the Ohio Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
Despite best efforts to control drivers’ actions and limit distractions that can lead to auto accidents, accidents will still occur. When you are involved in an accident and have suffered injuries as a result, turn to the Ohio Car Accident Lawyers . Our auto accident attorneys will review your case to determine what you may be able to expect during the legal process and will guide you towards the best possible results. Our firm has handled a wide variety of accident cases and our Cleveland, Ohio auto accident legal professionals have the experience to handle any type of matter. Contact us today to get started towards a full recovery for the losses you have suffered.