All forms of distracted driving, such as grooming, zoning out, or fiddling around with the radio, are dangerous. However, texting while driving is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous types of distractions. Accidents involving driver distraction frequently cause serious accidents, which may result in life-altering injuries and even death.
In fact, at any given time during the day, roughly 660,000 drivers are using a phone or other electronic device while operating a motor vehicle. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by texting and driving, you need to take legal action immediately and hire a skilled personal injury attorney.
The Alarming Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reading or sending a text while driving generally requires a driver to look away from the road for about 5 seconds. This sounds like an insignificant amount of time, but if you are traveling at about 55 mph while texting, you could travel the length of a football field without looking up. Given this information, it should come as no surprise that texting while driving is sometimes considered more dangerous than drinking and driving.
Here are a few statistics about texting and driving that might surprise you:
- Texting while driving is a particularly common habit among teen drivers. In fact, in the United States, over 3,000 teen drivers die in motor vehicle accidents every year that involve texting and driving.
- According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, cell phones are involved in about 1.6 million motor vehicle collisions every year, resulting in half a million injuries.
- Studies have shown that women are generally more likely than men are to use a cell phone while driving.
- Teens are not the only drivers at a higher risk of texting-related accidents. Truck drivers are 23 times more likely to get involved in an accident when they using a cell phone while behind the wheel.
- Teen drivers who text while driving often learn the habit from their parents. According to Consumer Reports, 48% of teen drivers watched their parents use a phone while driving.
To help prevent these terrible accidents, parents should set a good example and refrain from using a phone while driving. All drivers should remain focused on the task at hand and, if you are a passenger and notice the driver is texting, speak up. After all, your safety is at stake.
Experienced Car Accident Attorneys in Sacramento
If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by texting and driving, it is imperative that you retain skilled legal counsel to represent you. At Del Rio & Caraway, P.C. in Sacramento, our knowledgeable legal team is here to provide you with the exceptional guidance and aggressive legal advocacy you need during this difficult time. You should not have to bear the financial burden of someone else’s mistakes.Let us help you obtain the compensation you deserve today! Call our law office at (916) 229-6755 to schedule a free case review. We are available 24/7 to take your call.