How deadly is your cell phone?
You probably don’t think of this mode of communication as being a lethal piece of property, but when combined with high speeds and heavy machinery, it can indeed be a deadly weapon. Cell phone use while driving is estimated to cause one-fourth of all car accidents nationwide, including Missouri car crashes. However, there is hope that this upsetting trend can be reversed.
As more states set restrictions on cell phone use while driving, the number of hands-free devices has skyrocketed. No longer is it necessary to endanger yourself to communicate while in the driver’s seat. Instead, opt for these user-friendly options:
Bluetooth technology uses radio frequency to allow you to perform several tasks wirelessly. You can command your phone to call a number, hang up a call and more, all without pressing a button.
Even if you don’t have a Bluetooth-enabled phone, most cell phones automatically come with a headset so that you can keep your hands on the wheel rather than trying to balance a phone as well.
Many smart phones come equipped with the ability to complete tasks through voice recognition. You can:
- Tell your phone to dial a specific person rather than searching through your contacts manually.
- Speak a text message rather than type it yourself.
- Say your destination and allow your phone to automatically route you to the correct address, complete with audible turn-by-turn directions.
While we cannot eliminate all driving distractions, using one of these hands-free options can make a sizable dent in the number of cell phone-related car accidents in Missouri. The more you can do without taking your eyes off the road, the more likely you are to arrive at your destination safely.
If you’ve already been the victim of someone else’s choice to put instant communication before safety, call St. Louis car accident attorney Alvin Wolff, Jr., at 877-241-1020 for a free consultation. Be sure to ask for a free copy of The Guide on How To Pick a Lawyer.
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