At Sobo & Sobo we see lots of injury and loss. Finding ways for victims to recover some of what an accident has cost them is our job. Often, though, no amount of compensation can truly make someone once again whole. So, while we always will be here to fight by your side, we want to help our friends and colleagues avoid accidental loss in the first place. With that in mind, we begin a conversation about cell phones and automobiles.
Nearly one-third of all U.S. drivers 18 to 64 reads or sends texts or email messages while driving.
Distracted driving behaviors lead to more than 420,000 injuries and more than 3,100 deaths every year in the United States.
The National Safety Council says over 20% of all car crashes in the US occurred because drivers were texting or talking on their phones.
One study found that the likelihood of a rear-end collision is 7 times greater if a driver is using a cell phone.
6 out of 10 teen crashes involve a cell phone.
One-One-Thousand, Two-One-Thousand, CRASH!
A car traveling at 55 miles per hour covers more than 80 feet every second. Sending or reading a text message will take a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds. So, a text at 55 miles per hour means the vehicle you’re driving will travel the length of a football field while you’re looking down.
It is best if you don’t keep your phone on your lap or in the console next to you when you are driving. As a society we are addicted to our phones and just having them near us is far too tempting. Keep them out of arms reach and check your phone once you have arrived at your destination. If you can’t do that…and you are driving and you need to use your phone, pull over. You can call friends and family back later.
If you are using GPS to find your way, plug in your destination before you pull onto the road. Be sure to use voice turn-by-turn directions, rather than the map on your phone.
A Final Word From Us To You
What do you do if you are involved in an accident and you suspect that the driver was talking or texting on his or her phone? We thought you would never ask. Here are some words of advice:
If you actually witness them on the phone your first step is to tell the police on the scene what you suspect (or observed). It is also important to request that your observation be noted in the police report. Your next step would be to ask bystanders or any other witnesses of the accident if they witnessed the cell use. If they did, ask for their names and contact information (phone numbers, email addresses and/or street addresses). Finally you should alert the police of what they saw and pass on the contact information you collected.
As always, if you have been in an accident and have any questions we encourage you to give us a call. We want to hear your story; you can reach us anytime at 1-855-GOT-SOBO.