Attorney Talks about the Dangers of Ignoring the Ban on Using Hand held Devices While Driving

by admin on June 25, 2010

Like many other states, California has instituted a ban on the use of hand held devices while driving for all drivers. Many people, however, choose to ignore the ban and continue to use their hand held devices. While it’s true that ignoring the ban on the use of hand held devices can have negative legal consequences, it can also have deadly consequences, says Orange Count car accident attorney Emery Ledger of Ledger & Associates.

The reason that California, and at least nineteen other states, have instituted bans on the use of hand held devices while driving is because of the inherent dangers. We all know that things like falling asleep while driving or drinking and driving can produce disastrous consequences and lead to the loss of life, but many people don’t realize that texting while driving – or even simply talking while driving – can lead to the same result.

The leading cause of vehicular accidents in the United States is distracted driving. Distracted driving can take many forms – eating while driving, watching another accident, or just talking to a passenger in the car. The most dangerous form of distracted driving, however, is the use of hand held devices while driving, according to Orange County car accident attorney Emery Ledger of Ledger & Associates. The reason why using a hand held device is so potentially dangerous is simple – they take your eyes and your mind off the road. As a society, we have become dependent on our cell phones for everything from communicating with our office to mapping out our trip. It is hard to believe that just a generation ago we somehow managed to do all of that without a cellular telephone.

Using a cell phone for any reason isn’t the problem. The problem is when you use it while driving. Studies tell us that we have, on average, no more than two seconds to recognize a potential accident and then react to the potential danger in order to avoid the accident. That is not much time and those precious seconds are all we have. If you are talking on your hand held device, then both hands are not on the wheel and ready to react. If you are texting, then your eyes cannot be on the road and you may miss your opportunity to recognize the potential danger. Studies also tell us that for every six seconds spent driving, if someone is texting at the same time then four of those six seconds are spent with their eyes off the road. That’s the driving the length of a football field without your eyes on the road!

If you have been involved in an accident and you believe that the other driver may have been using a hand held device at the time of the collision, then you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries that you suffered in the accident.

 


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