Everyone knows that it’s dangerous to drive when you’re distracted. Cell phone usage should not occur while driving and that includes texting. Unfortunately far to many people do not practice safe driving.

This is a very real and scary habit of teenage drivers. Whether you’ve been driving for 5 days or 50 years you should never talk on your mobile phone or text while driving.

In an effort to raise awareness about the issue some celebrities like Justin Bieber have started supporting campaigns that encourage people not to text and drive. Bieber is supporting an application for your cell phone that locks the keypad of your cellular phone when it senses that it is inside a vehicle that is going over 10 mph.

In addition, Allstate has a campaign out now called “X The Text”. And LG has filed public service announcements that speak out against the use of cell phones while driving.

Allstate’s campaign has the support of stars like the Jonas Brothers and American Idol alum, Jordin Sparks. LG has filed public service announcements featuring Jane Lynch from “Glee”.

Cell phone usage while driving has been getting a lot of attention because it presents a very serious danger.

Using a cell phone while you drive decreases your reaction time. Someone who sends text messages while driving is 20 times more likely to get into an accident than a peer who is not texting while driving.

Some believe that when the talk on their cell phone while driving but use a hands free device they are being safe. This simply is not the case. Carrying on a conversation on your cell phone even if you have two hands on the wheel is a distraction and can increase your chances of being involved in an accident.

In addition to cell phone usage there are other actions that distract drivers. Eating while driving, holding a pet in your lap, applying make-up or looking in the mirrors are all forms of distractions that can lead to a very serious accident.

When you are involved in an accident and you believe the person responsible was distracted by cell phone usage or something else it’s important to know that a Chicago cell phone accidents attorney may be able to help you. After an accident medical bills can spiral out of control. It’s important to hold the person responsible for the accident. Your Illinois car crash lawyer can help you file a claim.

Source by Steven J. Malman

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