- Drivers using a cell phone exhibited a delay in their response to events in the driving scenario and were more likely to be involved in a traffic accident.
- With respect to safety, the data suggests that the impairments associated with cell phone drivers may be as great as those commonly observed with intoxicated drivers.
- Cell phone drivers have slower reactions and were involved in more accidents.
- The impairments are attributable to the diversion of attention from the processing of information necessary for the safe operation of a motor vehicle.
Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2006 (Summer), 388; the University of Utah citing Strayer et. al., 2003; Strayer & Johnson, 2001. Obviously, distracted driving is extremely dangerous, but did you know that distracted walking can be just as hazardous?
In late December of 2015, a 33-year-old Indiana man fell to his death off a cliff in California. Witnesses stated that the man was looking at his phone when he fell. The same can be said about pedestrians being distracted while walking close to or crossing busy streets. Keeping aware of your surroundings is always of the utmost importance in order to stay safe. Put down the phone and pay attention!
The attorneys at the LaBovick Law Group have helped numerous clients who have been injured due to the negligent distraction of others. In fact, our managing partner, Brian LaBovick volunteers to speak to local school kids on the dangers of distracted driving with the Dori Slosberg Foundation. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, call today for a free consultation.