The Increased Risk of Auto Accidents when Cell Phones Are in Use

Oct 23, 2014 — by Chris Olsen
Tags: Auto Accidents Personal Injury Wrongful Death

Driver with a cell phone in her handsAlthough driving is an essential and routine part of most people’s lives, it can be scary to think of the risks that are associated with this daily practice. Auto accidents have devastating consequences for all involved and carry a great potential for significant property damage and serious personal injury. Considering the risks that are inherent with driving, you would think that all people would do their best to ensure that safe habits were being practiced on the road. Yet, every day, a great number of drivers choose to use their cell phones while driving, a practice that has been proven to increase the risk of auto accidents. For his clients in San Diego who have been injured due to cell phone use and auto accidents, attorney Chris Olsen offers legal representation to help ensure that fair and just compensation is provided for damages that have been suffered as the result of this reckless driving habit.

Dangers of Cell Phones While Driving

In a society that is so reliant on technology and social media, it is not a surprise that the majority of drivers have cell phones on them while they are driving a car. Although a great number of studies have come out to show the dangerous effects of cell phone use on driving, many people still seem resistant to the message that no call or text is so important that it can’t wait until the drive is over. Cell phone use while driving continues to be a serious problem and is one of the most frequent types of distracted driving that is practiced. Below are some statistics that show the increased risk and dangers that are associated with cell phone use while driving:

  • Talking on a cell phone while driving significantly slows down reaction time
  • In the amount of time it takes to answer a text, a car can travel the length of a football field
  • Driving while talking on a cell phone has been shown to make an auto accident four times more likely
  • Texting while driving can make an accident 23 times more likely to occur
  • It is estimated that over a million car accidents each year are caused by cell phone use

Because cell phone use while driving increases the risk of auto accidents, it carries the potential to cause serious damage, to both property and people. Auto accidents that are caused by cell phone use can result in any number of injuries, including whiplash, burns, brain injury, back injury, and even death.

Collecting Compensation

Victims of auto accidents that are linked to cell phone use while driving have a legal right to seek financial compensation for damages that have been suffered. Attorney Chris Olsen can advise clients on their individual case and inform them of what type of damages could be collected, which may include financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.

Schedule an Appointment

When an auto accident has occurred, it can be difficult to work with insurance companies to ensure that all due compensation is collected. Personal injury attorney Chris Olsen has a history of successful legal representation in auto accident cases and will work hard to ensure that his clients receive fair compensation for damages suffered. If you are the victim of an auto accident, schedule an appointment to discuss the details of your case and learn how Chris Olsen can help. We look forward to hearing from you!

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