Driving and mobile devices simply do not mix. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one million people have died in car crashes in the past 25 years. In 2010 alone, 33,788 people died in motor vehicle accidents.
If you are someone who uses a cell phone while you drive, your risk of being involved in an accident quadruples. In an attempt to improve mobile safety technology some companies have come up with products to make it easier to use your mobile devices while driving.
Products such as the GoSmart Clip help technology junkies keep their mobile devices at their fingertips at all times. The idea behind the GoSmart Clip is that by attaching your phone to your steering wheel you can view maps, who is calling and also see the road without touching your mobile phone. And although creators claim it’s hard to text while your phone is in the clip you have to wonder about all the other features a driver may explore on their phone while it’s clipped to the steering wheel. With mobile phone apps directly in front of you while you drive the distraction is greater than ever before.
Even the Wheelmate laptop steering wheel desk presents a danger. The product is designed to turn your car into an office when you are not driving however it could easily be used by people sitting in traffic or at a long red light. Having the temptation of the steering wheel desk and your laptop right in the car might get the best of any driver. Even in standstill traffic this type of device should not be used.
There is no smart way to use electronic devices while driving it simply should not be done. The same goes for applying make-up or eating while you drive. When you are distracted you put yourself and other motorists at risk. Any car accident lawyer will tell you that far too many people are injured needlessly because another driver was distracted while driving.
If your mobile devices are too hard to resist when you drive consider turning them off or stashing them in the trunk. The will do away with any temptation to use the device while driving. If you have a passenger put them in charge of your mobile phone to answer any calls or texts on your behalf. Once you break the habit of using your phone while you drive you will be much safer on the roads.
This article was provided by Dave Abels of Abels & Annes, P.C.
The Illinois accident attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. are committed to assisting clients in the Chicago area recover from a variety of injuries suffered including car accidents, construction injuries, medical malpractice, nursing home injuries, workers compensation and more.