How Smartphones Can Decrease Distracted Driving Accidents

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Thousands of people are killed every year because of serious auto accidents. Every accident has a different reason as to the cause of injury or death, but one of the biggest reasons is because of distracted driving. More than 3,000 people are killed in the U.S. every year in distracted driving crashes, according to the federal government. The number one cause of this distraction is cell phone use; around 70% of drivers report that they use cell phones despite knowing that they put their driving safety at risk. Fortunately, there is a way to use technology to your advantage and prevent any future car accidents.

How Can Cell Phones Actually Prevent Car Accidents?

Smartphones actually offer apps and devices that will help drivers stay focused and prevent them from making or accepting calls, texting, or accessing the internet. The most basic apps and technologies will block calls or texts, but more advanced systems can block any sounds or audio features, and they can also track your speeding and braking while driving. This kind of technology is perfect for new and experienced drivers, or if you have elderly loved ones that are driving. Employers also use this technology in order to enforce cell phone policies in and around the workplace.

Why Do We Need It?

Many drivers have a “not me” attitude when it comes to discovering fault in car accidents and safety. Confident drivers believe that using their phones is fine, and that they can handle it because they are experienced. Many drivers also believe that using hands-free and voice control features on their cell phones is much safer, but research shows that drivers who use hands-free phones only pay attention to 50% of the road. This proves that the safest solution for limiting distractions is to completely block cell phone use. This solution is the simplest as well; just download an app, activate the service on your wireless phone plan, or physically install the device into your vehicle for tracking purposes.

Our Bay Area injury attorneys will assist you in court if you were injured in a distracted driving car accident. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can get started with your case.

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