Let It Ring and Keep Your Eyes on the Road

What’s wrong with talking on the phone while driving?

Cell phone use impairs a driver’s ability as much as alcohol, and hands-free devices aren’t a safe alternative. Your cell phone records can be reviewed to see if you were talking at the time of an incident. Protect yourself from a lawsuit and don’t answer that phone call!

How many of us would talk on the phone while driving if we knew it is as dangerous as drinking and driving?

Several studies over the last couple of years have found that the distraction of talking while on the phone impairs a driver’s ability to drive as much as having a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. It’s doubtful that many of us have this in mind when we make or take a call on our cell phone while driving. Parents in particular should keep in mind that you are modeling safe driving behavior for their children by not talking on a cell while driving. Although hands free technology seems safer, studies have found that this is not true. It is the conversation itself that distracts the driver, not whether the driver is holding a phone or talking on a Bluetooth device.

In today’s world, if a lawsuit is filed following a car accident, one of the first things an attorney will do is to try to find out whether the other driver was talking on a cell phones at the time of the accident. One way to do this is to get the cell phone records for the people involved in the accident. Typically, an attorney access a driver’s cell phone records by serving a subpoena on the cell phone carrier. Imagine yourself on a jury. You learn that one of the drivers was on a cell phone at the time of the accident. Wouldn’t you be more likely to think that person was at fault?

Let’s keep this in mind the next time the cell phone rings. Or, better yet, turn your cell off when you turn your car on.