Auto Accidents Caused by Cell Phones & PDAs

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:46 by admin
Updated June 2007- Since the popularity of wireless phones skyrocketed over the last decade, over 220 million Americans own wirless phones and pda's. While wireless organizers (known as cell or mobile phones, Blackberry units) have fundamentally changed the way we communicate, the devices raise serious driver safety concerns.

About 80% of wireless phone users admit to using the devices while driving. A 2005 study released by the quarterly Human Factors estimated that annually, 330,000 drivers are involved in serious automobile accidents while using the devices, and 2,600 deaths occur due to cell phone distraction.

A 2006 NHTSAstudy identified cell phone distraction as the greatest factor involved in driver auto accidents. While hands-free driving using bluetooth technology reduced eye-hand distraction, the study found that people using mobile phones are inattentive: drivers essentially look at, but do not see, oncoming traffic.   

If you have been injured because of someone's careless use of a wireless phone, or if you have been diagnosed with cancer that you suspect may have been caused by wireless phone use, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit. Attorneys associated with will evaluate your case free of charge. In addition, you will not pay any fees or costs unless your attorney recovers money for you. Please click on the free Ask An Attorney button to take advantage of this valuable service.

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