Deadly Menace in Your Car? It’s in Your Hand

Nov 06, 2015 Car Accidents    Uncategorized

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

You’ve got the whole world in your hands when you take out your cell phone. The internet is at the tips of your fingers, and so are messages from family and friends, social media posts and comments, photos of your favorite people, music, movies, TV shows and yes, even phone calls. So it’s not surprising that we are addicted to our smartphones. They connect us to the world like no technology before.

But when we use our phones while driving, we create a world of problems for ourselves. It’s a very common sight on Akron’s streets: drivers talking into their phones and paying much more attention to their conversation than their driving. Research has repeatedly shown that texting or talking on your phone sends the risks of car accidents and injuries soaring, yet people continue to ignore the dangers of distracted driving.

We have all heard the numbers before, but because distracted driving continues, let’s go over just a couple of relevant statistics again. According to federal statistics, distracted driving triples your risk of being in a crash. The average time a texting person spends with their eyes off of the road is 5 seconds. At 55 mph, you travel the length of a football field with your eyes on your phone and not on traffic, the street, traffic signals, signs or pedestrians.

Drivers concerned with their own safety and the well-being of their passengers understand that no matter how fascinating that incoming text or call might be, it is not worth risking lives over. Even though many of us have altered our behind-the-wheel behavior to be safe, there is nothing we can do to modify the behaviors of people driving other vehicles.

When a distracted driver causes a motor vehicle accident that leaves you or your loved ones with serious injuries, you can pursue compensation for your damages with the help of a personal injury law firm. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our experienced, skilled attorneys give clients individualized attention and representation in negotiations with insurers and in litigation.

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