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Is it safe to use a cellphone while driving?

In today's world, the majority of people own a cellphone. While there are many benefits of this technology, including the ability to stay in touch with others at all times, there are also a variety of risks.

Using a cellphone while driving can turn into a distraction, thus increasing the likelihood of being part of an accident.

According to AAA, any cellphone use while driving quadruples the risk of an accident.

What about hands-free use?

There are many ways to use a cellphone, from talking to replying to a text message to sending an email to a co-worker. While most people understand the dangers of texting while driving, some don't realize that talking is just as dangerous.

Using a hands-free device is definitely safer than a hand-held phone, as it allows you to keep both hands on the wheel. However, it's not free of risk across the board. When talking on the phone, you may not pay attention to everything going on around you. Instead, you're more worried about the conversation.

The best way to prevent trouble is to avoid cellphone use altogether. Unless it's an absolute emergency, turn your phone off and place it out of reach.

Even if you do your part in avoiding cellphone use when driving, another person may make this mistake. Subsequently, they could cause an accident that results in injury and/or damage to your vehicle.

If you're part of an accident, call 911 and let the responding officer determine the cause. Once you receive treatment, you can then learn more about your legal rights.

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