Shocking Statistics: Car Crashes Due to Cell Phone Use

You’ve heard the rhetoric and you know that driving while texting or talking on your cell phone is dangerous. However, that doesn’t prevent many motorists from using their phones while driving. Here is some startling information connecting cell phone use with Maryland car crashes.

Talking While Driving

According to a 2012 study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than two out of three drivers reported talking on their cell phones while driving in the past month. Additionally, nearly one in three of them stated they engaged in this activity “fairly often” or “regularly.”

Talking Increases the Risk of an Accident

Talking on a cell phone takes your mind off of the road, which means you aren’t giving your full attention to what is going on around you. Drivers who are talking on the phone when behind the wheel are four times more likely to get into accidents than those who aren’t.

Cell Phones Cause Almost a Quarter of All Crashes

According to a 2010 estimate, the National Safety Council reported that cell phones cause 21 percent off all traffic crashes in the United States. This means that almost a quarter of all crashes could be prevented by simply putting the phone down.

Driving around Maryland is already difficult enough without the use of cell phones. Roads like 295, 495 and 695 provide enough danger, and you don’t need to make things more risky by getting on the phone.

Victims of Maryland car crashes caused by distracted drivers have rights, and the lawyers of Lewis and Tompkins want to help protect them. Contact our offices today to find out what we can do for you.

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