Sep 23 2017

Avoiding Car Accidents:  Cell Phone and Driving

William Rawlings & Associates know all to well cell phone distraction comes in many forms. Any one distraction can be enough to divert a driver’s eyes from the road.  It can take less than a second for an accident to occur. Distracted drivers often fail to brake or maneuver out of the way of other cars until it’s too late. We are your auto accident lawyers serving you for over 35 years.


Holding your cellphone in one hand to your ear means your other hand is left to guide the steering wheel. Driving with one hand greatly lessens the driver’s ability to maneuver.   Also, while the driver is listening to the person on the other end of the conversation, he’s less likely to hear horns, police, or ambulance sirens.

Everyone knows by now that texting and emailing while driving are very dangerous. Yet you see drivers on the road doing it every day.  While typing, the driver removes his eye from the road and his hands from the wheel. It can divert the driver’s attention for several seconds at a time. Depending on the speed, hundreds of feet can fly by each time the driver looks away from the road.

Many younger drivers don’t realize the relationship between speed and time of eye diversion. The false sense of security in a vehicle and lack of experience can result in a horrific collision.

For some drivers, rubbernecking is an excuse to take photographs and videos of car accidents.  When using a camera, the driver’s eyes are off the road and his hands off the steering wheel. While the driver slows to take his photograph,  traffic continues moving. This often results in rear-end collisions.

Cell phone GPS  can present a danger similar to texting and emailing.   In the time it takes for a driver to divert his eyes to the GPS readout, he can crash into the car in front of him.


Many states require using only Hands-free devices.  While hands-free cell phones keep both of the driver’s hands on the steering wheel, they can still distract the driver. When the driver’s thought process is on the conversation, normal signs of impending danger are lost to the conversation. The driver’s thought processes are oblivious to cars coming from different directions, passengers entering the road, and upcoming traffic signals.

A distracted driver is legally responsible for the damages he causes.   A victim in a cell phone car accident is eligible for compensation for all reasonable damages.   These may include but are not limited to property damage, medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses and pain and suffering usually characterized as mental anguish, emotional distress and other intangible losses.