In this day and age, it is common to see drivers on the roadways sending text messages on their cell phones. In a study conducted by AT&T, a daunting 75% of teens admitted to texting while driving. Most don’t even think twice before chatting with a friend or family member via texts. In fact, many adolescents who have grown up with this technology find texting as natural as talking to someone.
Although it may seem like second nature to some, texting and driving don’t mix. The National Safety Council reports that over 100,000 accidents occur each year as a result of texting and driving. This distraction is actually one of the most dangerous epidemics on our roadways because it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention. According to Distraction.gov, a text message alert can distract someone from the road for 4.6 seconds. If an individual is driving at 55 miles per hour, that is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blindfolded. So, it should come as no surprise that those who text and drive are 23 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident.
Fortunately, in recent years, there have been national campaigns by major cell phone companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies that have brought the dangerous realities of texting and driving to light. Furthermore, there has been legislative action to prevent people from texting and driving. Currently, this dangerous distraction is banned in 39 states.
Although these efforts have certainly helped, there are still individuals that take the risk. If you have been injured in an accident as a result of texting and driving, it is important to contact an attorney who can help you receive the appropriate compensation for damages incurred.