Did you know that over one million automobile accidents a year involve the use of cell phones? Over half of all drivers confess to talking on cell phones while driving with one-third texting while driving. Texting keeps the eyes off the road more than any other driving distractions, making a crash 23 times more likely. In fact, the average amount of time drivers are distracted from the road while texting is five seconds. If you’re driving at 55 mph, this equals the length of five football fields without looking at the road!
Due to the exponential increase in the number of auto accidents involving cell phones, PDAs, and even laptops, laws have been enacted making it illegal for a driver to write, send, or read text messages while driving. Drivers 18 years old or younger are also prohibited from using a wireless device while behind the wheel. A driver will be fined for texting while driving but can also incur harsher penalties and potentially steep monetary damages from injured parties if their texting resulted in an accident.
In addition to the legal ramifications of cell phone use while driving come the medical consequences. Chiropractors are reporting a steep rise in the volume of patients stemming from cell phone-related auto accidents with an increase in injuries to ligaments, soft tissues, and the neck and back. Distracted drivers can also cause accidents that result in even more serious injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord damage, and brain damage.
If you’ve sustained auto accident injuries related to cell phone misuse, do not hesitate to get treatment for your injuries. The highly-skilled team at Wasserman Chiropractic in Coral Springs offers a variety of treatments for auto accident patients, including chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, functional rehabilitation, therapeutic massage, and interferential electrical stimulation. A customized treatment plan can be extremely effective in reducing pain, restoring normal function, and returning you to your normal lifestyle.
To learn more about Wasserman Chiropractic and request an appointment, visit https://wassermanchiropractic.com/