Is it safe to look at your phone at a red light?

On Behalf of | Jan 13, 2022 | Car Accidents

You know that you shouldn’t look at your phone while you drive. You set it on the seat beside you. You still hear it buzz or ring, but you leave it there.

Then you pull up to a red light. Suddenly, it feels safe to look at your phone. You’re not moving, after all, so isn’t this the ideal time?

Distraction can last

This is unsafe for a few reasons, the first of which is that your car could start rolling forward or backward if you’re distracted by your phone, and you may not even realize it until you cause a crash. Even at a stop, distraction is dangerous.

Furthermore, studies have found that distraction does last even after you put your phone away. It can last for 27 seconds. Even at low speeds, you can cover quite a lot of ground in 27 seconds on the road. 

In other words, you may think you’re no longer distracted when that light turns green and you set your phone down again, but your mind is still going over everything you were looking at or reading. You’re still thinking about that interaction and it’s still pulling your mental focus off of the road. This can still be dangerous and may cause car accidents.

What if a distracted driver hits you?

You should always avoid distractions when you’re in the car, but the unfortunate reality is that other drivers will still get distracted and they may hit you. If you get injured in one of these crashes, it’s important to consider all of the ways that you can seek financial compensation for your losses. 


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