One of the many perks that some employees in Beaumont enjoy is the use of a company cellphone. However, these employees may feel like they need to be available at all times. This can lead them to engage in risky behaviors, such as texting and driving.
Distracted driving is a major problem in our nation. Research has shown that our brains have a limited ability to multitask. If a driver is focused on their cellphone rather than the task of driving, they may not be aware of dangers on the road and cause a distracted driving accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2018 5% of all car accidents in the U.S. involved a distracted driver.
Texting and driving
Texting and driving is especially risky because it involves all three types of distractions. When reading a text message or sending one, our eyes are on the phone, not the road — a visual distraction. When answering a text or composing one, our hands are on our phones, not the steering wheel — a physical distraction. Finally, when we are reading a text message or thinking of a reply our minds are on the text message not on the task of driving — a cognitive distraction.
Put your work phone down while driving
As this shows, using a work phone while driving is dangerous and can lead to a serious or even fatal car crash. While it can be hard to ignore the ding of a text message, it is best to keep your attention on the task of driving and wait until you can pull over safely or reach your destination to answer it. Unfortunately, there will always be risk-takers who text and drive. If you are injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you will want to take the steps necessary to protect your rights, including pursuing compensation if appropriate.