According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of having a traffic accident while using a cellular phone is the same as that while driving drunk.
Furthermore, telephones that are “hands-free” do not appear to be any safer than those that are not.
Some notable findings from this study include:
Drivers using their cell phone drove slightly slower, were 9% slower to hit their brakes, and displayed 24% more variation in following distance as their attention switched between driving and talking on their phone those who have not yet graduated high school are among the highest group of drivers who continue to use their cell phone while driving collision rates are four times higher than expected when cell phone calls are made less than 15 minutes before an accident.
If you have been injured in an accident as a result of a distracted driver who was on his cell phone, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident to learn your rights.
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