Research has shown that
drivers talking on a cell phone are up to four times more likely to be involved in a crash
, and that texting while driving is even more dangerous as the driver's eyes are not even on the road for blocks of time. Worst of all, teenage drivers combine inexperience behind the wheel, a reduced sense of danger and risk, and a compulsion to text while driving. This new phone technology may help with at least one of those risk factors. Even the simple act of reaching for and answering a cell phone while driving can be a dangerous distraction. I deposed a defendant recently who admitted when he reached for his ringing cell phone, his foot slipped off the brake (moments later, he crashed into my client's vehicle).