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My employer says it is dangerous to use a cellphone while driving, but wants me to be more productive. I can only do that if I can make and take calls while I am on the road. Does it really make any difference if I make calls and text while driving?

Eighty percent of Americans own a cellphone and they are an accepted part of today’s lifestyle. However, over the last few years we have learned more about how risky using a cellphone while driving can be. With the proliferation of e-devices distractions are bound to increase.

Employers who mandate workers refrain from making or receiving phone calls while driving are doing so for a number of reasons — not wanting to see an increase in their insurance rates, not wishing to risk a worker’s life and/or a lawsuit, and wanting to keep the costs associated with workers using their vehicles as reasonable as possible.

Companies that forbid their workers to use cellphones while on-the-job indicate that no call, email or text is worth a life or worth being involved in a preventable accident. The safety and well being of workers is paramount and managers feel that there are other ways to increase productivity than using a cellphone while driving.

If you have been involved in an accident where the other driver (and/or) you were using cellphones just prior to the collision, it is best to discuss your case circumstances with an experienced car accident attorney.

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