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Why you shouldn’t use your phone while driving

On Behalf of | Oct 21, 2022 | Car Accidents

Motorists are generally prohibited from using a cellphone while operating their vehicles in Arizona. This is because doing so can create a distraction that may increase the likelihood of an accident. If you are involved in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages.

Cellphones cause multiple distractions

The human brain is unable to focus on more than one thing at a time. Therefore, if you are looking at your phone, you cannot be looking at the road. If you are talking on the phone, you will have a harder time processing information even if you can see the road. This means that you may not notice a kid crossing the street or the fact that the vehicle in front of yours stopped before it’s too late to avoid a collision.

Penalties for cellphone use

You may be subject to a fine or other penalties if you are cited for using your mobile phone while driving. There is also a chance that you will face additional citations in the event that you cause a motor vehicle accident while distracted by your phone. If you have been cited for violating texting and driving laws in the past, a subsequent violation may lead to a license suspension or other sanctions.

A motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver may result in broken bones, a concussion or other injuries. It may also result in significant property damage that may cost thousands of dollars to repair. It may be possible to obtain a financial award to help pay bills incurred in an accident either through a settlement or by going to court.