The Dangers of Driving and Texting
Texting while driving is a new danger to road users everywhere. The full scale and scope of the risks associated with driving and texting are just starting to become apparent. Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed in avoidable accidents that occur because someone is distracted while driving. Texting is now on the long list of driving distractions that increase the risk of having an accident. If you or someone you love has been injured by a texting driver, consider contacting a personal injury attorney immediately.
Unfortunately, in many areas texting while driving is not yet illegal, even though it has been compared in many ways to drunk driving. Like drunk driving, texting dramatically decreases your reaction time on the road and hinders your ability to respond to sudden changes in road traffic or upcoming obstacles. Looking away from the road for even one second greatly increases your chances of a collision.
A vehicle traveling at 60 miles per hour covers 88 feet per second, or about 6 car lengths. If traffic ahead suddenly comes to a stop or a vehicle cuts in front of you, looking away to check or write a text could cause you to rear end another driver at a high speed. Driving distracted also limits your ability to notice less obvious road users, such as motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Texting while driving is simply not worth the risk to yourself and others. Texters could severely injure themselves, or injure or even kill others, because they are distracted. If you are in the car and have the urge to text or check your phone, remember that it can wait. If you cause an accident and are suspected of texting, the police or insurance company can subpoena your phone records to help determine if you were texting or talking on the phone at the time of the accident. Texting while driving is a serious traffic danger that could land you in jail for reckless driving, in a hospital, or worse.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident with a motorist who was driving and texting, don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer today. A distracted driver may be responsible for your injuries and damages and you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, vehicle damage, rehabilitation, lost wages from time off of work, and pain and suffering.
To speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your accident and injuries, please contact the Sheboygan car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.