From crowded streets and traffic jams to stormy weather and white-out conditions, car accidents happen every day. Although car accidents can be caused by a number of factors, texting while driving or talking on the phone is unfortunately a common cause of motor vehicle crashes. Motor vehicle crashes are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and although drivers can’t prevent every type of accident, those caused by cell phones are some of the most preventable.
Those who have a TBI can experience an altered or diminished state of consciousness, as well as a number of different issues, including memory problems, fatigue, confusion, personality changes and problems concentrating.
Although many think of teens when they think of texting and driving, people of all ages are affected. According to textinganddrivingsafety.com, 13 percent of those 18-20 involved in car accidents admitted to texting or talking on the phone at the time of the accident. In 2011, at least 20 percent of car accidents – 1.3 million motor vehicle crashes – involved cell phones. Additionally, texting while driving makes getting into an accident 23 times more likely.
Prevent motor vehicle accidents caused by cell phones by:
1. Investing in and using a hands-free device if you need to take a call
2. If you do need to take a call and don’t have a hands-free device, pull over and then take the call
3. Put your phone far from reach so you won’t be tempted to take a call or respond to a text
4. Shut off the sound so you don’t get distracted or tempted to answer if you get a phone call or text message
5. If you do notice you get a text message, do not answer it – according to textanddrivesafety.com, the average amount of time a person texting and driving takes their eyes off the road is 5 seconds, which is plenty of time for an accident to occur
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