We live in a world today where you can hop on the internet using a tablet or iPad to make last minute dinner reservations at your favorite restaurant. You can even use an app on your smart phone to determine which gas station nearest to where you live has the lowest gas prices. In many ways these technologies have made our lives easier—so much so that we have become addicted to using these devices for everything, regardless of where we are or what we are doing. This is especially the case when it comes to driving.
The term “distracted driving” is not new, nor is the concept. For years people have tried to accomplish different feats while driving, whether it be reading a map or gobbling down fast food. However, recently distracted driving has become a major safety concern with the growing popularity and prevalence of smart phones and smart devices. The National Safety Council estimates that up to 25 percent of automobile accidents involve a driver that is using his or her cell phone to either talk or text.
Using a handheld cellphone or smart device while driving is particularly dangerous because it impairs all three major areas of a driver’s focus. First, talking on a handheld cell phone physically impairs a driver because his or her hands are not able to both be on the steering wheel. If a driver would need to make a sudden maneuver for example, like swerving to avoid hitting an oncoming vehicle, he or she needs both hands on the wheel to make such a maneuver. Second, a driver who is using a handheld cell phone is visually impaired because he or she is looking down at the phone to dial a phone number or to text. Those mere moments when a driver’s vision is not on the road, can lead to an accident, such as the driver hitting a pedestrian or rear-ending a slower moving vehicle. Lastly and arguable most importantly, a driver that is using a cell phone is cognitively impaired. When a driver is chatting to a friend, recalling recent events or telling a story, he or she has her mind on what he or she is talking about and his or her mind is not fully devoted to the task of driving.
It is estimated that using a cell phone to text can increase the likelihood that a driver will be involved in an accident by 23 fold. Despite this fact, in Oklahoma, only those drivers with a learner’s permit or intermediate license are prohibited from using a handheld cell phone to talk or text. Regardless of the law, distracted driving is illegal. To ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers, and fellow motorists and pedestrians, a driver should never talk or text while driving. If you truly do need to use your phone, pull over to the side of the road and park the car to make the phone call.
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If you or someone you love was injured or killed in an automobile accident as the result of a distracted driver, please contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. The compassionate Oklahoma Car Accident Attorneys at The Handley Law Center understand just how devastating and life altering the effects of an Oklahoma Distracted Driving Accident can be for the person injured and his or her family. At the Handley Law Center, our experienced injury attorneys are prepared to do whatever is necessary to obtain compensation for your injuries. We will use our knowledge of the law and skills in the courtroom to fight for your rights and obtain the results you desire.