We know that cellphones cause car accidents. They’re a major distraction for any driver. Thousands of people have been involved in serious accident after texting, taking pictures, browsing social media and much more.
But if this is common knowledge, why do people keep doing it? Most drivers that you catch using the phone in the car will admit that there’s some risk. So why isn’t that enough to make them stop?
The problem with phone addiction
The trouble, in many cases, is that people are essentially addicted to their phones. As with other drugs, it takes more and more use for them to feel satisfied. They may use the phone in ways they know are dangerous. If they try to stop, they may go through withdrawal and start using it again. In a lot of ways, this mirrors any other type of addiction.
So, from the outside, it seems simple to tell someone that they should just keep the phone during their commute to and from work every day. It’s not that long and they can certainly catch up on everything as soon as they get to work.
In practice, though, they find it difficult to do. They make excuses for how it’s safe, such as claiming they’re a good enough driver not to crash. However, these drivers cause crashes that take hundreds of lives and cause thousands of serious injuries every year.
If you have lost a loved one or been seriously injured yourself by a driver who was distracted by their phone, you need to know what legal options you have. You may be able to seek compensation for your expenses and damages.