New Study Shows New Dangers of Cell Phones While Driving
Everyone should know that both texting and driving and talking on a cell phone is dangerous behavior that often results in serious collisions and injuries. Such behavior is so risky that Georgia—along with most other states—has made texting and driving illegal1 and has banned all cell phone use for novice drivers. While many anti-distracted driving advocacy groups advise all drivers to set phones aside in the car and wait to answer calls or read messages, a new study shows that this may even be dangerous behavior.
Cell phone notifications can be distracting
Researchers at Florida State University (FSU) recently published a study2 indicating that the mere sound of a cell phone notification can be distracting enough to cause driver errors. The study gave computer tasks to two groups of people—one group that received cell phone notifications throughout the task and one that did not. The individuals who received notifications made significantly more mistakes on the task even though they never actually checked the phones. This was true whether the notification was a prolonged ring tone, a quick ding, or even a vibration.
Researchers surmised that simply hearing the notification and wondering who was calling or what the message was about served as a significant enough cognitive distraction to cause serious driver errors. For this reason, simply having your cell phone on the seat next to you, on the dash, or in a purse may be enough to lead to a collision.
If a distracted driver caused an accident and you suffered injuries, you have to sufficiently prove that the driver was negligent in order to recover for your losses. Proving that a cell phone ringer caused enough of a distraction to rise to negligence may be difficult, but new research regarding the extent of cell phone distraction can help an injured victim prevail in their legal claim.
The personal injury attorneys at Boling Rice, LLC are here to help you
The Cumming, Georgia auto accident lawyers at Boling Rice LLC know how to gather and present evidence of negligence after a distracted driving accident. If you have suffered an injury, call us today at 770-887-3162 for a free consultation.