Akron, OH- In the 21st century, people are practically addicted to their cell phones. Because cell phones can do so much, we are constantly looking at them, waiting for the next text, Facebook notification or email. We are so dependent on our cell phones that people find it hard to put them down. Even when they are driving a car. Far from being innocuous, using a cell phone behind the wheel is setting the stage for a major crash that can hurt or kill.
A new study by the National Safety Council found that problem is bigger than realized. The NHTSA estimates that distracted driving contributes to a third of fatal accidents. That can include anything from eating, reading or event talking to passengers, but more and more cell phones are shaping up to be the biggest distraction for motorists. And it is a growing problem.
According the National Research Council, accidents caused by a motorist using a cell phone increased, accounting for 27 percent of all traffic accidents in the US. Accidents caused by sending or receiving a text message increased from 5 percent to 6 percent. That may seem like a negligible amount but if could become a bigger problem than drunken driving.
The news that cell phones are involved in nearly a third of all traffic accidents should surprise anyone, but they should be alarmed that the problem is growing. That is despite the numerous safety campaign warning motorists of the dangers of distracted driving. Motorists simply don’t care about the risk they pose for themselves and others.
Teens are considered the worst culprits and while it’s true teens take the unnecessary risk of using their cell phone behind the wheel at a higher rate than older Ohioans. Older motorists are not innocent, in a survey of drivers, the NHTSA found that adults aged 21 to 65 are more likely to answer their phones while driving which increases their risk of being involved in an collision by 4 percent, according to the National Safety Council. Teens, however are more likely to send or read a text message, increasing their risk of being in a crash by eight percent.
In the eyes of the law, a person who is using their cell phone at the time of a serious crash is at fault for the accident. This means they are also financially liable for any accident they cause. Commonness of cell phone use by motorists does not excuse a driver form the act. Anyone who has been harmed in cell phone-related collision can and should contact an accident attorney  in the Akron area to discuss their case.
There are many traffic accidents that are minor and no serious harm is done to either party involved. The ones that aren’t minor, however, can leave the victims saddled with expensive medical bills and other accident-related costs. If you plan to purse an at-fault motorist for compensation you need an Ohio personal injury attorney on your side. Allow USAttorneys to connect you with an accident attorney in your area so they can get started on your injury claim.

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