Smartphones may have improved modern life in countless ways, but there is at least one major drawback of constant connectivity. TIME reports that the number of collisions involving distracted drivers has spiked in recent years, coinciding precisely with the increasing popularity of these powerful gadgets.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, more than eight people throughout the United States die every single day in crashes involving distracted drivers, and more than 1,000 sustain injuries. Sadly, many of these preventable wrecks can be attributed to smartphone use while behind the wheel. At any given time, more than half a million motorists around the country are manipulating electronic devices while navigating in traffic.

If you were hurt in a collision involving a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. To determine if you have grounds for a claim, turn to Campbell, House, & Cummins.

After evaluating the circumstances of your case, Wade L. House will gather evidence, interview witnesses, track damages, and negotiate with the opposing party on your behalf. Call 318-855-0285 to schedule a consultation with an injury attorney in Monroe.

Why Is Texting and Driving So Dangerous?

There are three kinds of driving distractions: manual, visual, and cognitive. A manual driving distraction is one that forces you to take your hands off the wheel, like digging through your purse or briefcase.

A visual driving distraction diverts your eyes from the road. Some examples include checking on your passengers, reviewing the route in the navigation system, and turning to look at a collision on the shoulder as you pass.

Cognitive distractions are those that prevent you from focusing on the traffic around you. Everything from listening to a podcast to conversing with someone on a hands-free device can be a cognitive distraction.

Texting and driving is so dangerous because it falls under all three categories. Not only do you need to take your hands off the wheel to scroll though the phone or type a response, but you also need to take your eyes off the road and your mind off traffic to craft a message.

Adjusting a navigation system en route is another example of a driving distraction that falls under all three categories. Since texting is much more common, though, safety organizations focus their awareness campaigns on messaging, not on inputting information into a GPS or other dangerous distractions.

Although smartphones that have hands-free capabilities eliminate the need to handle them in order to complete certain functions, using them while driving still poses a cognitive distraction. At the end of the day, motorists should avoid using any kind of electronic device while behind the wheel.

You can reduce the risk of causing a collision by reviewing the route on your GPS before setting out and by stashing your phone in the glove box; however, you cannot rely on others to exercise the same care and caution.

If you were hurt in a wreck with a distracted driver, contact Campbell, House, & Cummins today. Call 318-855-0285 to schedule a case evaluation with an injury lawyer in Monroe. You can learn more about car crash claims in Louisiana by visiting the USAttorneys website.