Texting While Driving
As cell phones and smart phones have become larger parts of our everyday lives, the temptation to text while driving has also dramatically increased. While the task of writing a short text message or quickly responding to a recently received message seems harmless, the truth is that doing so while operating a motor vehicle can be as impairing as driving under the influence of alcohol.
Texting while driving is a startlingly dangerous trend that has undoubtedly caused the number of serious, and even fatal, car accidents to increase dramatically. The Stevens Point car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are here to help you if you have been the innocent victim of a car accident caused by texting.
The Dangers of Texting While Driving
Some of the facts about texting while driving are particularly enlightening:
- A Car and Driver study showed that a legally drunk individual takes 4 more feet to react and brake than an unimpaired person (while driving 70 miles per hour). An individual sending a text took an additional 70 feet.
- Legal repercussions for driving while texting will become more common. As of June 2009, 14 states had banned texting while driving.
- According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
- Over 25% of drivers admit to texting while behind the wheel, but the problem is probably much more widespread than that figure suggests
- Distracted drivers caused nearly 6,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries in 2008.
While exact figures for accidents and injuries directly caused by texting while driving are difficult to compile, it’s hard to deny that texting behind the wheel significantly increases the chances of causing a devastating accident.
If you are concerned that you or someone you love has been injured by a texting driver, contact the Stevens Point car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to find out if you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs or damages.