When we talk about texting and driving, most people think about teens, young adults, and millennials texting their friends on the phone while driving down the road, but texting and driving is a bigger problem than just among teens and young people. In fact, it doesn’t necessarily even mean that you are “texting” at all.
In reality, there are just as many adults having distracted driving accidents as there are young people. It is a national problem, not just a generational one. It is important that we recognize that any use of our phone while driving without using a hands-free system is not a wise idea, regardless of age or purpose.
The fact of the matter is that any use of your smartphone while driving is a bad idea. These types of distracted driving practices are responsible for most of the car accidents that happen on clear weather days. Distracted driving with your smartphone might be texting, or it might be posting on social media, typing into a map app to find your way, and other seemingly simple tasks that take your eyes off of the road and your hands off of the steering wheel.
It is important to make sure that you do not use your phone while you are driving. If you need to use the GPS on your phone, you will want to make sure that you have inputted your destination and any side stops prior to moving the vehicle. You should pull over if you need to make any arrangements or answer your phone for any reason.
Uber, Lyft, and the numerous delivery service drivers will need to make use of GPS and company apps while on the road. They, too, should make sure that they have input all information prior to driving; and if updates need to be made, they need to pull over to make them.
Of course, most newer cars have the capability to connect your phone via Bluetooth and have a hands-free way to answer and send texts. If you have that capability, it will be better than using your phone by far. However, this is still somewhat distracting, so you should avoid it if at all possible.
If you are responsible for an accident because you were texting or otherwise using your smartphone while driving, you are going to be legally liable for the injuries and property damage of the other drivers. If you have been in an accident caused by someone else using their smartphone, contact us today for expert representation.