Four Massachusetts teens were recently involved in a single vehicle accident when the driver drove into a tree while talking on his cell phone. He was also speeding.
The driver was seriously injured, as were his passengers, one of whom suffered a knee injury and other traumatic injuries.
Cellular phone usage is a major source of distraction for drivers and a serious risk for the driver, his passengers, and other users of the road. Studies have shown that a driver using a cell phone is four times as likely to be involved in a collision.
As many people are aware, a Chicago ordinanace requires the use of a hands-free device while using a cellular phone while driving. Unfortunately, this does little to address the danger associated with talking and driving — the distraction caused by focusing on both the conversation and the roadway. The safest thing to do is to not drive and use a cell phone at the same time.