Preventing Teen Cell Phone Accidents
Many people can’t seem to be away from their phones for more than a few minutes. They are addicted to them, checking emails and texts constantly—even while driving. This is especially true for teens. Cell phone use by teens while driving is a common practice, and it’s also a dangerous and even deadly one. In 2017, 3,166 people in the United States were killed by accidents caused by distracted driving.
Texting while driving is one of the most common causes of distracted driving. However, talking while driving—even hands-free, through the use of Bluetooth devices—is also dangerous. That’s because any type of phone use during driving requires multitasking, and this can be hard for teens to accomplish. Even experienced drivers can find it difficult to focus on the road when they’re on the phone.
Texting is especially dangerous because it takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road and your mind’s focus off driving. Combine this with the fact that teens are inexperienced drivers, and the risk of a deadly accident quickly increases.
Putting a phone away while driving is highly beneficial. This is something that parents should model and teach their teen drivers. They should set a good example because if they text and drive, their children will likely do so as well.
Parents have the tough job of keeping their children safe while driving. Here are some things they can do to help their teens drive safely and avoid accidents:
- Turn off the phone. By turning off the phone, your teen won’t be distracted by notifications, texts, phone calls and other sounds. If your teen does keep the phone on, the volume and vibration should both be turned off to prevent distractions.
- Complete all calls and texts before starting the car. Do not allow your teen to leave until they have finished making phone calls and sending texts. These actions should not continue while the car is in motion.
- Know where you’re going before you leave. Make sure your teen knows how to get to their destination before they get in the car. They should not be trying to use GPS on their phone while driving.
- Avoid calling your teen while driving. Don’t distract your teen when you know he or she will be driving. Instead, have them check in with you when they arrive at their destination.
- Pull over and stop if needed. If your teen must make a call or text, teach them to pull over and stop. That way, they can focus on what they are doing without risking and accident and putting the lives of others at risk.
Contact a Chicago Cell Phone Accident Lawyer Today
Cell phone accidents are common among teens. Teens are still inexperienced drivers and should not be distracted by texts, emails and social media when their eyes should be on the road.
Motorists of all ages can get in trouble for causing a cell phone-related accident. You may even get ticketed. The Chicago cell phone car accident lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, LTD can help those injured by drivers who cause accidents by cell phone use. Schedule a free consultation today. Fill out the online request form or call 312-800-0000.