Drunk driving is very dangerous and causes accidents every year. Not to take away from that risk, it’s also important for drivers to understand that cellular phones are even more dangerous than drunk driving — perhaps because many people don’t really consider their use behind the wheel to be problematic. Many “safe” drivers try to be responsible and would never drive drunk, but they don’t think twice about using the phone. That’s what needs to change.
We have known about the dangers of cellphones in the car for a long time. Reuters wrote an article about it back in 1997, saying it was more dangerous than drunk driving, and that was before most people even owned these types of portable phones. The popular show Mythbusters confirmed it in 2005. The University of Utah did so in 2006. Traffic Injury Prevention noted it in 2012. Touro University backed that up the same year.
Essentially, we have more than two decades of research showing that drivers who are on their phones are basically worse than drunk drivers. Plus, some of those early reports just related to talking on the phone. In the modern era, texting and driving are even more common. You can also argue that doing so is even more dangerous than just making a call, as drivers have to actively look away from the road to look at the phone when they text.
Unfortunately, your average driver does not necessarily understand these risks. You see people talking, texting, taking pictures and going on social media while they drive. If you get injured in an accident with one of these drivers, you need to know how you can seek financial compensation for your injuries and losses. An experienced advocate can help you navigate the process.