The Prevalence of Cell Phone Driving Distractions
A driver can become distracted in many different ways — such as putting on makeup, combing hair, eating and drinking, or tending to children in the back seat. However, the most problematic distracted driving behavior is cell phone use while operating a vehicle. Since it’s a far-too-common dangerous driving habit, there has been much debate on correcting this problem to keep every motorist safe. That’s where technology has come in to save the day — and more importantly, save lives.
What is Cell Phone Blocking Technology?
Cell phone blocking technology typically comes in the form of an app that you can download on your phone. The essential feature of cell phone blocking apps is to stop calls or texts from coming in while a person is driving. More advanced apps can do the following to take cell phone distraction blocking even more secure:
- Blocking audio features.
- Blocking internet access.
- Tracking speeds.
- Tracking sudden stops.
Who Can Benefit from Cell Phone Blocking Technology?
The answer to the above question is everyone! While the technology can be helpful to parents of teen drivers and employers who have a vehicle fleet, cell phone blocking features can help every motorist create better driving habits. According to the latest data recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2019, there were 387 fatal crashes reported as having cell phone use as a distraction. That’s 13% of all fatal accidents caused by distracted driving. Knowing that you don’t have access to certain features on your cell phone while driving can squash the temptation to reach for your phone while at a traffic light or stop sign.
What About Emergency Situations?
You may be concerned about being blocked from making an emergency phone call to authorities, but these apps will override the blocking feature when dialing 911, so you can rest assured you can get help while on the road when you need it. For those who want to try cell phone blocking technology, contact your cell phone provider to learn the features that will best serve your needs.
Injured By a Distracted Driver? We Are Here For You.
Even if you drive defensively, sharing the road with distracted drivers can significantly increase the risk of being involved in a fatal crash. When drivers make the decision to reach for their phone while driving, not only can this cause a severe accident, but it can also be a fatal mistake.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car crash due to a distracted driver’s negligence, we can help. Our caring lawyers are here to offer you support and guidance every step of the way.
Call Peterson & Associates, P.C. today at 1 (816) 683-3278 to speak with an attorney about your potential case. We are offering consultations via phone, email, and video conferencing for your convenience.