Some estimates place cellular phone use while driving at fault in as much as 6 percent of all car accidents. In 2004 an estimated three percent of drivers were on their cell phones at any given time. In 2007, that number rose to ten percent. Numerous studies have shown, though, that people talking on the phone while driving are four times more likely to cause an accident than drivers not on the phone. They are about as likely to cause an accident as a drunk driver.
Many states have laws that drivers are prohibited from operating cell phones while they drive, a law with ramifications so obvious that it may seem on par with requiring the use of seatbelts. However, not all states have adopted this stance, and the number of motor vehicle accidents caused by cell phones rises every year. With the use of cell phones, drivers are also texting more frequently while they drive. Even semi truck drivers have been cited as talking on cell phones while they drive, causing truck accidents.
If a driver talking on a cell phone or texting has made you the victim of a car accident, either through injury or death, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A., in Columbus, Ohio today, and let us help you recover from the recklessness of others.