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Cell Phones Can Cause Fatal Driver Distraction

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 5, 2012

Seattle Distracted DrivingCell phone use in the U.S. has exploded in recent years, according to studies by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and other highway safety groups. In 1995, only 11 percent of the U.S. population, or about 33,000 people, had a cell phone. By 2010, however, that number had grown to 93 percent of the population, or nearly 300 million people.

Today, cell phones are often a person’s only telephone line and a primary means of communicating not just in phone calls, but also in sharing documents, writing e-mails, and sending text messages. As we become more dependent on our cell phones, we are more likely to use them even in situations where their use is dangerous – such as behind the wheel of a car.

Distracted driving, specifically using a cell phone while driving, is very dangerous. Talking on a cell phone while driving makes any driver four times more likely to cause injury or death in a car accident, according to the USDOT. Research indicates that the risk is the same whether the driver is holding the phone or talking into a hands-free device. The conversation interrupts the brain’s ability to focus on driving, making it much more likely a driver won’t see or respond to a sudden emergency until it’s too late.

At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our experienced Washington distracted driver accident lawyers work hard to help injured people and their families seek compensation after a crash. If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, call us today at (888) 228-3860.

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