After speeding, distracted driving is the leading cause of car crash fatalities in British Columbia. Although distracted driving can refer to accidents caused by any number of disturbances, motorists using their cellphones are behind the majority of these fatalities. It is important to note that the problem is so severe that the BC government effectively barred the use of personal electronic devices while driving as of January 1, 2010.
Nevertheless, distracted driving remains a major problem on our province’s roadways. When drivers pay more attention to their phone or other devices, they are less able to react to unexpected situations and far more likely to come into contact with another driver, bicyclist or pedestrian.
If you do happen to receive a phone call while driving that you absolutely must take, pull over to take the call. If you have a vehicle that allows you to communicate on your device hands-free, this is another option. Note that if you are a new driver, you are forbidden from using hands-free devices even if this feature comes built into your vehicle. If you happen to be one these newly minted drivers, and you simply cannot go a moment without texting, it’s a good idea to make one of your passengers your designated texter rather than reply to and read messages yourself.
Frankly, the best option is turn your cellphone off while driving. Few phone calls or text messages are worth endangering your life and the lives of others.
If you have been injured as a result of distracted driving, please contact a lawyer at BTM Lawyers LLP for more information.