Auto Accidents

The Known Danger of Texting and Driving

No one can deny that cell phones have become an intricate part of both our society and our individual lives. More recently, the popularity of texting has skyrocketed. Simply put, many prefer the brevity of a short text, rather than the formalities and time associated with a phone call. The use of phones for texting has been especially popular with young people. While texting may be convenient, it has also had a dangerous and fatal impact on the overall safety of American roads.

There are plenty of dangers on the road, but texting while driving has rapidly escalated as a risk and as one of the leading cause of accidents and injuries on road in the United States. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is the equivalent of an entire football field when driving 55 miles per hour. The same study cited its determination that texting while driving is even more dangerous than drunk driving. According to the U.S. government, 10% of all injury crashes in 2011 were reported as distraction-affected crashes. Ultimately, the temptation to send a text or look at a received text is not worth the cost. If you or a loved one has been injured by a texting driver, call Carabin Shaw, P.C.