With over 40 years helping people who have been in auto accidents in Portland, Maine, the lawyers at Lowry & Associates know the danger that distracted driving can pose for drivers and pedestrians alike. With the increased popularity of smartphones and cars that act as Wi-Fi hotspots, people driving while distracted is likely to increase even further.
To spread awareness of distracted driving, the National Safety Council has named April Distracted Driving Month. All drivers are encouraged to eliminate common distractions from their driving routines.
Research has shown that many activities can distract you while driving, such as:
- Talking on a cell phone
- Checking text messages or e-mails
- Eating food
- Turning around in your seat
- Reaching for an object rolling on the car floor
- Checking or applying makeup
- Manipulating an iPod or other music device
Even hands-free systems don't necessarily help. Recent studies by AAA and other groups have consistently found that people using voice-controls on their phones and car while driving still experience higher-than-normal levels of distraction. Drivers on hands-free cell phones are four times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers who don't use a cell phone in the car at all.
All this research shows that you can't multitask in the car without increasing the odds of an auto accident. So simplify your life inside the car, and if you get struck by a driver who was talking on a phone, contact the Portland auto accident lawyers at Lowry & Associates. We'll give you a free legal consultation, and help you decide what steps to take next. Call us at 1-800-999-5342. We serve clients all throughout Maine.