Texting and driving has been shown to be a very dangerous action that leads to many serious cell phone auto accidents in Maryland and throughout the United States, but a new study has shown that even the thought of texting could be enough of a distraction to cause a crash. According to The Atlantic, a study conducted at the University of Washington has shown that focusing one’s mind on cell phone use, even when it is not actually being done, can lead to serious mistakes while driving.
The research shows that those who have a higher level of attachment to their phones, and are therefore more likely to focus on them and what they might want to use them for while driving, were more likely to be involved in auto accidents. Additionally, 384 psychology students were tracked for three years and were examined concerning their attachment to their cell phones. Those with the least amount of attachment averaged 25 car crashes per 100 people each year, while those with the highest level of attachment averaged 38 crashes per 100 people.
The study concluded that cell phones are dangerous for drivers even when they are not in use. Simply expecting a call or text, considering how you should use your phone, or being compelled to check your phone for anything you expect to happen is enough of a distraction. Cell phones have been found to be a major source of distraction for drivers, but any form of distracted driving can easily prove deadly. When a driver’s mind is taken off the task at hand, he or she is unable to properly operate the vehicle and adapt to surrounding environments and sudden hazards.
Distracted drivers often cause catastrophic injuries during a crash, leaving victims with overwhelming trauma and losses. At Alpert Schreyer, our Annapolis distracted driving accident injury lawyers understand the pain victims are often in after a crash and their need for compensation to assist them in their recovery. For more information on how our successful legal team can help you, call our offices at (866) 444-6363 for a free case evaluation.