Distracted driving is one of the top causes for motor vehicle accidents and cell phones are a huge part of that equation. We’ve known for a long time that cell phone use behind the dangerous, yet it’s a problem that continues to grow as more drivers hit the roads with their phones. Keep reading to learn more about the risks and consequences of distracted driving.
It’s not simply a hunch that cell phone use makes for worse drivers. Many studies have been conducted over the past decade or more that show a direct correlation between cell phone use and motor vehicle accidents.
Transport Canada has discouraged drivers from using their phones behind the wheel for years. Though driving and traffic laws are not under federal jurisdiction, provincial governments have followed Transport Canada’s recommendations. As of June 1, 2016 all provinces and territories except for Nunavut have laws in place against using hand-held cell phones while driving. A number of provinces even have laws in place to prevent new drivers from using hands-free devices as well.
Penalties range from $80 for a first offense all the way up to $1,200, with anywhere between 3 to 5 demerits assigned against the diver. Drivers who are frequent offenders may also face license suspension, vehicle impoundment, and/or mandatory driver training programs.
Accidents involving distracted driving are entirely preventable. Remember, there is never a good time to talk on the phone when you’re behind the wheel. Wait until you reach your destination, or safely pull over to have the conversation.
Have you been injured as a result of a distracted driving incident? Our legal team has over 25 years experience in handling car accident injury claims. Contact the team at Martin G Schulz & Associates today.