Auto collisions have countless causes, but phones and other electronic devices are responsible for many of the wrecks that take place each day. In some instances, it is legal for drivers in certain states to use phones while they are on the road, such as a hands-free device. However, many states prohibit novice drivers, such as a 16-year-old who recently received his or her license, from all types of phone use while driving. Regrettably, some young drivers ignore these regulations and continue to use their smartphone while they are on the road, placing their own safety at risk and endangering the lives of those around them.
If you are the parent of a young driver, it is important to discuss this topic with them and make sure they understand how dangerous it can be to use a phone or some other type of electronic device while driving. On the other hand, if you were hit by a young driver (or a driver of any age) who you believe was using their phone when the crash occurred, this is a very important detail to bring up in court if you do take legal action against them.
For inexperienced drivers, phone use can be especially dangerous on the road. However, drivers of any skill level and age can be distracted as a result of phone usage, whether they use a hands-free device or think that they are capable of driving and using a device simultaneously. Tragically, distracted driving has claimed so many lives and will this will continue in the years ahead.