Pay Attention to the Dangers of Distracted Driving | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

One can hardly go from intersection to intersection without seeing a number of surrounding drivers looking down at their mobile phones instead of keeping their eyes on the road. People today are virtually tethered to their phones, relying on the devices to control so many aspects of their lives that they find putting the phones down difficult no matter where they are. This physical connection and mental reliance on handheld electronics make it almost impossible to resist the temptation to look at a phone screen even while on the interstate and traveling at highway speeds to check a map, read and send texts, and take calls.


As Virginia Beach-based personal injury attorneys, my colleagues and I are always looking at evidence of the other driver having been distracted by a mobile phone. Recently, we’ve learned that even hands-free phone calls significantly increase drivers’ distractions and create heightened risks for wrecks.

New cases of distracted drivers inflicting serious injuries and deaths come to our attention almost every day. Just a few recent and egregious one include the following:

Drivers must turn off and put away their phones as soon as they hit the road. Ignoring a call or text gets no easier in a car. Ensuring no ringtone or buzz ever triggers the automatic response is the best practice.