Cell Phone Users Driving "Blind"

June 2024

Recent research has shown that a driver is more accident-prone and slower to react when they are talking on a celluar phone.  This finding also applies to hands free models.  The research showed that "inattention blindness" caused drivers to be less able to process the visual information they receive and act accordingly.

The research showed that drivers who talked on a cell phone while driving had sluggish reaction times and increased their distance when behind a pace car.  However, when the pace car braked in heavy traffic the cell phone users took longer to brake and begin to acceclerate forward again.

The "inattention blindness" caused by cellphone usage is a danger on the roads.  Over 70% of drivers use smartphones on the road despite bans on texting in 46 states.

At Herrick & Hart, we see on a daily basis the injuries caused by inattentive driving and cellphone usage.  If you have been injured due to a driver's use of a cellphone while driving, take the time to contact us.  We offer a free consultation on personal injury cases and are willing to sit down with you and discuss your case.

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