It may seem like some people in Millville are simply glued to their cellphone, never putting it down. While this behavior is merely rude in certain social situations, it is undeniably dangerous when a person tries to use their cellphone while driving. Texting and driving can easily distract a motorist, leading them to cause a car crash that injures or kills another person.

Cellphone use while driving increases risk of auto accidents

According to the studies by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), manipulating a cellphone while driving increased the risk of a car crash. One study of more than 3,000 motorists found that the crash risk when motorists were manipulating a cellphone while driving was two to six times greater than when motorists were not using a cellphone while driving. There was a significant uptick in crash risk for motorists under age 30 or over age 64.

Cellphone use distracts motorists in three ways

Other studies indicated that some measure of driver performance was negatively impacted by cellphone use. This is because manipulating a cellphone while driving is a manual, visual and cognitive distraction that takes the motorists attention off the task of driving. Typing or reading a text message while operating a motor vehicle can negatively impact a motorist’s reaction time and ability to process information. It can cause drivers to swerve between lanes and it takes a driver’s eyes off the road. It is easy to see how manipulating a cellphone while driving can easily lead to a car crash.

Texting and driving is a risk no one should take

No one should risk their safety and the safety of others by texting and driving. Unfortunately, too many people are blasé about the dangers cellphone use while driving poses. When these people cause a car crash that injures or kills another person, they could face liability for their negligent actions in the form of a personal injury lawsuit.