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Cell Phone Car Accidents

Cell phone car accidents are even more likely when the driver is texting

As cell phones have grown more popular, the number of cell phone car accidents has increased. Cell phone use falls under the category of “driver distraction. According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver distraction was documented in 80% of accidents. It is the main cause of 25-30% of accidents. The chief source of distraction was cell phone use.

Of course, the best way to avoid cell-phone-caused car accidents is to simply not talk on a cell phone while driving. In an attempt to reduce the number of car accidents due to cell phones, five states and the District of Columbia have outlawed the practice of talking on a handheld cell phone while driving.

If you must take or make a cell phone call while driving between two locations, pull over to the side of the road or pull into a parking lot before dealing with the call. If you do pull over on a highway, make sure you are well out of the way of traffic. One seldom talked about type of cell phone car accidents occurs when a driver pulls over to take a call and another car rear ends them.

Another option for dealing with cell phone calls while driving is to purchase a hand-free cell phone. This may help to reduce your distraction and therefore lower your risk of car accidents due to cell phones, but it will not completely eliminate your distraction. After all, you will still have to give some of your attention to the caller and the conversation.

Of course, while being able to talk on the cell phone while driving is very convenient, cell phone car accidents make it very dangerous as well. The next time you have the urge to drive and dial, consider waiting until you get to your destination or pulling off the road to make your call.

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