When you look at distracted driving accidents, cellphones are often to blame. This is why there has been a movement over the years to regulate the use of handheld devices in the car. But, no matter what the law says, drivers are still going to do it.
The problem is that cellphones can lead to a lot of different types of distractions. It’s common for people to focus on texting and driving, and that definitely happens. But it’s also important to understand what other issues may crop up. Below are a few examples.
Making a phone call
For one thing, some people believe that making a call is safer than texting. But the reality is that talking on your phone can still be mentally distracting and you can take your hand off of the wheel, so it’s still a distraction.
Using the GPS
Many drivers rely on GPS to get them to their destination. These devices are safer than using paper maps, but they can be distracting when you’re trying to input a new destination or look at the screen. Drivers may also hold the phone while using the GPS, which is dangerous.
Choosing a song
Finally, it’s very common for modern drivers to use their phones as a way to listen to music in the car. This gives them access to more music than they would have with traditional media devices, but it also means they have to search to find the right song, artist or album, and that can be distracting.
If you find yourself facing high medical bills after being injured by a distracted driver, take the time to look into your legal options to seek financial compensation.