What are the risks associated with cellphones and driving?

There are now some restrictions pertaining to the use of phones when driving unless you are doing so with the help of hands-free technology. You may be wondering why this is the case, especially if you have recently been involved in a car accident.

In Colorado, it's illegal to use phones for the purpose of text messaging when operating a vehicle, apart from when there is an emergency. This is because there are certain dangers associated with texting and driving. It is important that you make yourself aware of the types of dangers associated with phone use, as you may be able to incorporate this as part of your claim for damages.

Cognitive distractions

Any type of phone use has the potential to distract you cognitively. This is because when using your phone in any capacity, you now have to think about the use of your phone in addition to operating the vehicle.

Manual distractions

When holding a phone, or anything else when driving, your manual control of the vehicle will be compromised. As a result, your response time will likely be reduced in the event of having to react quickly.

Visual distractions

As the driver of a vehicle, you should have your eyes on the road at all times. If you are texting on your phone or otherwise are manually using your phone, it will mean that you take your eyes off the road, which can be extremely dangerous.

If you or the other driver were involved in using a phone before an accident occurred, it is important that you take action to assess the relevance of this to your case.

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