Your cell phone could be solution to distracted driving problem

At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). And it has been proven time and time again, distracted driving leads to serious injury or death.

In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, according to NHTSA. Each year, that number grows.

Did you know that five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.

It might seem strange to think that to solution to our nation’s distracted driving epidemic but actually be our very own smartphones.

Application developers and cell phone providers have decided to take the problem into their own hands and have released a number of apps, targeted at preventing cell phone usage while driving.

One of the more popular apps available to drivers is Drivemode. It silences incoming alerts, and restricts the user’s ability to send text messages. Incoming calls go directly to voicemail. The app activates when speed reaches 15 mph and deactivates when speeds drop below that limit for 2-3 minutes. The app boasts a ‘no look’ interface so you don’t even have to as much as glance at your phone when using it. Maps and music have also been integrated into Drivemode.

However, there is one catch to this seemingly simple solution. Drivers will need to be self-disciplined in order to remember to turn the app on, and keep it on, when driving.

What The Carlson Law Firm can do for you

If you or a loved one is injured in an accident caused by the recklessness of a distracted driver, you have a legitimate basis for a legal claim. You deserve to be compensated for your pain, suffering, medical bills, lost wages and other losses. The Carlson Law Firm is ready to assist.Contact us for your free consultation

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